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Politics
11:00 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Jindal Proposes Getting Rid of Income Taxes

Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing to eliminate Louisiana's personal and business income taxes, in exchange for higher state sales taxes and the removal of some tax breaks.

Jindal's shopping the idea to lawmakers, who will consider it in the regular session that begins in April. In a statement Thursday, the Republican governor said eliminating income taxes will "put more money back into the pockets of Louisiana families" and make the state more attractive to companies.

It was the first peak at proposals Jindal will offer as part of his tax code rewrite.

Latest News
12:03 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

B&Bs Get Break on Room Tax Penalties

The New Orleans City Council is giving a break to bed-and-breakfast owners who are late paying the room tax rate of 50 cents per day for each occupied room.

The Times-Picayune reports that the penalty has often been much more than the amount due.

The late penalty was at least $500. Council President Stacey Head told the council that the tax for a typical B&B averages less than $60 a month.

Hurricane Isaac
10:49 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Storm damage could force assessors to adjust

The state Tax Commission says this year's tax assessments may be reduced for property damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The Courier reports that the process of asking tax assessors for a review varies among parishes.

For example, St. Tammany Parish Assessor Patricia Schwarz Core said she wants property owners to contact her office now, and she is making review forms available online.

But in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, the assessors' offices want residents and businesses to wait until after this year's tax notifications are mailed out before asking for a review.

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Lincoln Parish
11:33 am
Mon July 16, 2012

New tax in effect in Lincoln Parish

RUSTON — Lincoln Parish shoppers will find they are paying a little more at the checkout as a new quarter-cent sales tax to support the Sheriff's Office went into effect in July.

The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/NkZ8Qw) Sheriff Mike Stone says revenue from the tax would pay for technology, continuation of services and to help offset a $100,000 deficit from the previous fiscal year.

Jerry Smith, the sheriff's chief civil deputy, says the sales tax affects all purchases and is in effect throughout Lincoln Parish.

Hurricane Tax Holiday
9:55 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday Set for May 26-27

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Stocking up on flashlights, batteries and other items to get ready for hurricane season this summer? You might want to wait until May 26 and 27, when the state holds a sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness items.

That weekend, Louisiana residents won't have to pay the 4 percent state sales tax on a list of items like flashlights and candles, weather radios, waterproof sheeting, gas or diesel fuel tanks, batteries and chargers and storm shutter devices. The sales tax holiday exempts the first $1,500 of the purchase price.

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