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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.

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.

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

Sep 23, 2013

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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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.

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.

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...

Full Speech: Jindal Scraps His Tax Plan

Apr 8, 2013

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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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.

The lawmaker sponsoring Governor Bobby Jindal’s tax reform package is saying the administration has learned from his mistakes last session. 

After the blow back from the abbreviated debate on education reform in 2012, Representative Joel Robideaux said discussions on the Governor's initiatives got underway sooner this year. “Some may say that wasn’t a good way to go," Robideaux told the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday, "because we’ve taken two months of opposition, but from a legislative standpoint, I think it’s great because we’ve had two months of debate we wouldn’t have otherwise been afforded.”