Latest News
4:11 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Property Tax Increase Approved By House, Now Headed To Voters

Voters across the state will decide whether New Orleans residents get to vote on raising property taxes.
Chris Potter

Voters across the state will decide whether New Orleans residents get to vote on raising property taxes. House Bill 111 was given final passage Thursday. It would nearly double the portion of property taxes that go to police and fire protection from about 10 mills to 20 mills.

The measure needs a series of approvals before taxes would rise. Voters statewide and in New Orleans would have to approve it in November. And voters in New Orleans would have to approve it again in another vote.

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Latest News
4:55 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

City Cigarette Tax Fails, Vote On Hotel Tax Is Postponed

House Bill 1083 would levy an additional hotel tax of up to 1.75 percent on New Orleans hotels.
Derek Jensen Wikimedia

There will be no new taxes on cigarettes in New Orleans. The legislature voted down the 80-cent tax on tobacco products Wednesday morning.

The cigarette tax bill was one of two bills supported by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to shore up the New Orleans city budget.

The second bill, to raise the city’s hotel tax by 1.75 percentage points, was returned to the calendar Wednesday afternoon to be voted on at a later date.

If the hotel tax is passed in the legislature, it still would have to pass muster with Governor Bobby Jindal.

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Latest News
6:08 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

New Orleans Extends Property Tax Payment Deadline

The City of New Orleans has extended the deadline for paying 2014 property taxes to Friday, Feb. 7 due to the closure of City Hall as a result of the winter storm that shut down much of the region this week.

Property owners can make payments in several ways, including in-person, by mail and online:

In person:

Bureau of the Treasury
City Hall, Room 1W40

The City will provide a drop-off lane at the Perdido St. entrance to City Hall on Friday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 7.

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11:36 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Analysis: La. Budget Needs $200M From Tax Amnesty

As Louisiana's latest amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers begins Monday, state officials are grappling with dueling concerns as they urge people to pony up what they owe.

Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration need the program to help drum up $200 million in back-owed taxes to balance this year's budget or face deep cuts in the state's health care programs.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Out To Lunch: Lower Your Taxes

Peter Ricchiuti and Peter Loop.
Credit Robert Morton

La. state tax credits aren't just for Hollywood producers any more. This week on Out to Lunch, Peter Loop introduces eTax Credit Exchange where YOU can buy a credit and lower your taxes. Orleans Parish Assessor Eroll Williams will also lower your taxes, if you can convince him. Plus, want everyone in NOLA to send you money? Click here: FundDat.

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9:34 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Some State Senators Puzzled By Tax Amnesty Solution

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 8:23 am

In the Finance committee Thursday Senators questioned the way the House filled the hole it dug in the proposed budget for next year. The House took out one-time money, from selling state property, court settlements, and dedicated funds, and put in a tax amnesty program.

The Legislative Fiscal Office usually considers tax amnesty revenues to be one-time money too.

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1:01 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

NOLA Adjudicated Property Redemption Window Could Become State-Wide

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 3:03 pm

A bill to shorten the time frame from three years to 18 months for owners of adjudicated properties to pay unpaid taxes has advanced in the house.

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5:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

In A City Of Festivals, Why Not Taxfest 2014?

Unless it's your birthday, you've just been promoted, or find out that you have the winning Powerball numbers, April 15 is not the most celebrated day in America.

But wait! If you're about to opt for that last-minute extension, maybe, just maybe, there's a way to make Tax Day fun, New Orleans-style...

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2:07 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Full Speech: Jindal Scraps His Tax Plan

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 5:53 pm

In a 13-minute speech kicking off the 2013 legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he still wants the legislature to get rid of the income tax in Louisiana, but he let go of his plan for doing so with a big sales tax hike, an increased tobacco tax and the removal of some tax breaks. Listen to the speech in its entirety.

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11:36 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Gov. Jindal's Address to Legislature Live at 1 p.m.

Gov. Bobby Jindal
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Gov. Bobby Jindal will address the state legislature today at 1 p.m.

The governor is expected to talk about his tax proposals, including the elimination of the state income tax and an increase in sales taxes to make up the difference. His proposals have run into strong opposition from the public and from the legislature.

You can watch a live video of the address on LPB's website.