Hundreds of appeals filed for fuel tax credit
BATON ROUGE - As many as 700 taxpayers have filed appeals of rejected claims for an alternative fuel tax credit program that caused controversy last year.
The Daily Advertiser reports that talk of a class-action lawsuit also is on the rise, in the ongoing dispute over the Department of Revenue's handling of the program for owners of vehicles that burn fuels other than gasoline.
The dispute involves "flex-fuel" cars and trucks - which can burn ethanol but also use gasoline. The vehicles were briefly allowed to be eligible for the credit, before Gov. Bobby Jindal declared that interpretation invalid.
Lawmakers rewrote the tax credit earlier this year to definitively eliminate flex-fuel vehicles. Including them could have carried a $240 million annual price tag.