Deadline approaching for Louisiana taxpayers to claim 2013 refunds from IRS
Posted on 3/3/2017 4:36:00 AM.

Over 20,000 Louisiana taxpayers are due a refund from the federal government and time is running out to claim them. IRS spokesperson Bill Brunson says these individuals have not received their refund, because they didn’t file a 2013 federal income tax return. He says citizens due this cash must file the necessary paperwork by April 18.

Bill Brunson, IRS, tax returns, tax refunds, taxes

Gov Edwards responds to concerns about raising taxes
Posted on 1/12/2017 10:54:00 AM.

During his monthly call-in radio show, Governor John Bel Edwards defends himself amid questions about whether he’s pushing higher taxes to solve the state’s budget problems. Edwards says while lawmakers raised $1.5 billion in taxes during last year’s sessions, they also cut $850 million from the state budget.

John Bel Edwards, taxes, budget

Louisiana tax preparer gives end of the year tax tips
Posted on 12/28/2016 5:04:00 AM.

Now that we’re through the holidays, many people are scrambling to get the most tax savings they can before the end of the year. Metairie CPA Gina Rachel with the Louisiana CPA Society says charitable donations are one way to save on your taxes.

Gina Rachel, taxes, tax season, tax deductions

Questions surrounding next fiscal year's budget as special session ends
Posted on 6/23/2016 5:12:00 AM.

There’s uncertainty involving next fiscal year’s budget as the second special session ends today. Lawmakers have approved legislation that raises tax revenues by $258 million. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says there could be one more attempt to raise even more revenue, as the Edwards administration is pushing legislators to approve a bill that would reduce a tax break many upper income earners enjoy.

Bernie Pinsonat, special session, budget, taxes

House approves tax increases, but no where near what Gov Edwards wanted
Posted on 6/20/2016 2:12:00 PM.

The Louisiana House approved two bills Monday that would generate an additional $75 million in tax revenue. If approved by the Senate, legislature will raise $284 million in this special session, far short of the $600 million sought by Governor John Bel Edwards. Political analyst Clancy Dubos.

Clancy Dubos, special session, taxes, budget

Rep. Harris: Appetite not there to raise $600 million in taxes
Posted on 6/20/2016 5:39:00 AM.

It looks like the appetite just isn’t there for lawmakers to raise any more taxes. Governor John Bel Edwards asked legislators to increase revenue by $600 million in this special session, but it appears the legislature will fall way short of that figure. Alexandria Representative Lance Harris says many lawmakers believe they’ve raised enough revenue.

Lance Harris, budget, special session, taxes

Governor discusses taxes and gun control in radio show
Posted on 6/15/2016 4:43:00 PM.

The third installment of the “Ask the Governor” call-in radio show featured a wide variety of questions from callers. Governor John Bel Edwards was asked about everything from food stamps to marijuana, and the budget was a key topic. One caller asked about changes to the state’s film tax credit program. Edwards says the state capped the program at $180 million in credits paid out and there are no plans to change it.

John Bel Edwards, Ask the Governor, taxes, gun control

Legislators in disagreement over how much to raise taxes
Posted on 6/13/2016 5:09:00 PM.

The standstill continues at the State Capitol over whether lawmakers should pass tax increases that would raise 600 million dollars in revenue, which is what the governor is seeking. The Edwards Administration says without that money there will be cuts to healthcare, education and the TOPS program. So far the House has approved 220 million dollars in tax increases but New Orleans Sen. Karen Peterson says that’s not enough.

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Cuts likely if legislature can't raise more revenue
Posted on 6/13/2016 8:28:00 AM.

Legislators return to the State Capitol today as they look to solve the state’s budget issues. Governor John Bel Edwards has asked legislators to raise revenues by $600 million in this special session to avoid cuts to health care, higher education, public schools and TOPS. But so far the House has only agreed to $220 million in tax increases. Democratic New Orleans Representative Walt Leger.

Walt Leger, Julie Stokes, budget, taxes

Edwards tells lawmakers to find the political courage to fix state's budget problems
Posted on 6/7/2016 11:15:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards addressed a joint session of the legislature this morning, calling on lawmakers to find the political courage to raise enough revenue during this special session to reduce cuts to state programs. Edwards says they cannot wait any longer to resolve the fiscal crisis.

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