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  • Internet sales tax proposal opposed by GOP Senate candidates

    June 29, 2016 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three of the main Republican contenders for Louisiana's U.S. Senate seat say they oppose pending federal legislation to require companies to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases. U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, U.S. Rep. John Fleming and state Treasurer John Kennedy participated Wednesday in a candidate forum hosted... more »
  • Sales tax 'cleanup' bills to be delayed by Louisiana Senate

    June 13, 2016 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators intend to stall efforts to clean up sales taxes unintentionally charged on items like school lunches and Girl Scout cookies, until House lawmakers agree to more taxes for next year's budget than they've supported so far. Sales tax increases passed in the chaotic final moments... more »
  • House raises sales tax by a penny; Senate must approve measure next Play Video

    February 25, 2016 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state house have approved a one-cent tax increase to help fill budget holes in two budgets: the current budget and next year's spending plan. The tax proposal was passed 76-27, WBRZ political correspondent Mark Armstrong first reported on Twitter Thursday afternoon. The senate... more »
  • Treasurer: State revenues increased 3 percent for January

    February 15, 2016 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The State Department of the Treasury says reports indicate total revenue for January 2016 saw a three percent increase over December of last year. Sales tax, severance tax and corporation/franchise tax receipts are down from last year in the 2015-16 fiscal year, but individual income tax... more »
  • Lawmakers urged to raise state sales tax Play Video

    January 13, 2016 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers were told to face the music and raise the sales tax Wednesday. LSU professor Jim Richardson said it's one of the only ways to raise money immediately. Lawmakers have till June to raise $700-$750 million. Otherwise Medicaid, public schools and state colleges could run out... more »
  • Livingston Parish cashing in on Juban Crossing Play Video

    January 11, 2016 4:16 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Juban Crossing continues to be a cash cow for Livingston Parish as the popular shopping center brought in more sales tax revenue in 2015. When comparing December 2014 to last December, Juban Crossing saw a nearly $400,000 increase in sales tax revenue with a total of $7.2... more »
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging business tax change

    December 14, 2015 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge says lawmakers properly passed a tax change aimed at raising $103 million to balance the state's budget. The Louisiana Chemical Association had argued the temporary suspension of a 1-cent sales tax exemption on business utilities didn't receive the required votes and was... more »
  • Lawmaker: 99 percent of people don't pay online sales tax Play Video

    October 28, 2015 7:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A lawmaker is hoping to tackle a growing $808 million loss in tax revenue due to sales being made online. People are not paying the taxes on out-of-state purchases made online. Buyers are supposed to report online purchases each year on tax returns. “You're legally... more »
  • Proposed $7 billion tax hike for new bridge Play Video

    April 16, 2015 7:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Karen St. Germain (D-Pierre Part) wants to add 1% to the state sales by passing a bill to raise $7 billion dollars over 10 years for new road and bridge construction. Germain is chairwoman of the House Transportation, Highways, and Public Works Committee. She says... more »
  • WBR to consider boosting sales tax for sheriff

    December 20, 2014 7:55 PM

    PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge residents could be handing over more money every time they make a purchase if they approve a half-cent sales tax headed to the March ballot. The tax hike would bring in about $3 million a year to benefit law enforcement. The proposed... more »
  • Hunting gear free from sales tax this weekend Play Video

    September 4, 2014 4:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Guns, ammunition and other hunting supplies will be exempt from state and local sales taxes Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7. "If you're ready to go gun shopping," Bryce Moreland said, as he shopped for ammunition. "Now's the time to do it." This is one of... more »
  • Sales tax free for hunters Sept. 5-7

    September 1, 2014 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Guns, ammunition and other hunting supplies are exempt from state and local sales taxes this weekend. The 2014 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday runs Friday through Sunday and applies to individual consumer purchases of hunting gear, including firearms, ammunition, archery supplies, hunting apparel and off-road... more »
  • Town asks for tax on car note Play Video

    July 15, 2014 4:38 PM

    KILLIAN - The town of Killian in Livingston Parish is looking for help paying the car note for a police vehicle, which may mean a tax so residents can help pitch in. A dead battery sits inside a police cruiser outside the Killian Police Department, a sight Mayor Craig... more »
  • 2014 state annual sales tax holiday on Aug. 1-2

    July 15, 2014 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Most retail purchases in Louisiana will be exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. The 2014 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday exempts the first $2,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item for non-business use when the customer buys... more »
  • Getting ready for the hurricane sales tax holiday weekend Play Video

    May 22, 2014 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state sales tax holiday will save shoppers money on hurricane preparedness items. Hurricane season starts June 1. The state sales tax will not apply to certain supplies including batteries, phone chargers, carbon monoxide detectors and tarps May 24-25. Shoppers can go out early to pick... more »
  • La. tax holiday for storm supplies next week

    May 12, 2014 3:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State revenue officials say purchases of flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are free from Louisiana's 4 percent state sales tax May 24-25. The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives residents a chance to prepare for storm season, which begins June 1. The sales... more »
  • Hammond gets a pleasant sales tax surprise

    March 22, 2014 10:24 AM

    HAMMOND - Collection of back sales taxes produced a pleasant surprise for Hammond officials in February. Mayor Mayson Foster told the City Council this past week that he was astonished when he received a report that sales tax collections in February were 36 percent higher than the same month a... more »
  • Sales tax for Welsh community

    October 19, 2013 12:27 PM

    WELSH, La. - City officials are considering a sales tax to make up for a deficit of more than $360,000 caused by a shortfall in Police Department revenue. The sales tax is in the early stages of discussion, and no decision has been made on how much it would be... more »
  • St. John sheriff seeks sales tax increase

    September 10, 2013 9:10 AM

    EDGARD - Six months after St. John the Baptist Parish voters rejected a quarter-cent sales tax for the Sheriff' Office, the proposal is back on the Oct. 19 ballot. This time, Sheriff Mike Tregre says he is trying to do a better job informing voters and clearly promoting the... more »
  • Hunters scouting for tax free weekend Play Video

    September 5, 2013 3:10 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Today hunters were hitting hunting gear stores to scout what to buy this weekend when they'll save around 9 percent on state and local sales taxes. It's part of the state's Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday. The holiday runs Friday through Sunday. Business expect to be... more »
  • Second amendment tax holiday this weekend

    September 5, 2013 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Retailers are gearing up for Louisiana's annual Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday, which starts this weekend. Consumers will not have to pay state sales tax on guns, ammunition, or hunting supplies purchased Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8. For a complete list of what... more »
  • Juban Crossing developer promises construction in 30 days Play Video

    August 8, 2013 10:21 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The developer of the Juban Crossing project promises to begin building within thirty days, even though parish leaders denied giving 100% of future sales taxes generated off the project to the facility. "It won't be too difficult to adjust," Stephen Keller told WBRZ News 2 Thursday. "I... more »
  • Tax holiday on hurricane supplies this weekend Play Video

    May 23, 2013 2:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This weekend is Louisiana's annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Starting Saturday and ending this Sunday, you won't have to pay the 4 percent state sales tax on certain items. Since hurricane season doesn't officially start until June, it gives you a chance to stock... more »
  • Hurricane preparation tax holiday this weekend Play Video

    May 23, 2013 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - People getting ready for hurricane season will get a break if they buy supplies this weekend. The annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26. On those days state sales tax will be waived on the first $1,500 of... more »
  • Internet sales tax bill faces tough sell in House

    May 7, 2013 7:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet. The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass a bill that empowers states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases. Under the... more »
  • Bill would force online retailers to charge you tax Play Video

    February 20, 2013 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Marketplace Fairness Act, which is co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), would allow states to force online retailers to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases. The bill is intended to help small businesses that often lose out to online retailers who don't have to charge... more »
  • Jindal seeking to expand sales tax to more items

    February 6, 2013 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal wants to charge state sales taxes on more services and products than there are currently provided. Items like landscaping, marina services and cable TV could be included. Governor Jindal says the increase on the state's sales tax income would help offset the loss... more »
  • Lafayette Parish may end tax rebate

    January 22, 2013 7:10 AM

    LAFAYETTE- The Lafayette City-Parish Government is considering ending a sales tax rebate that helps area businesses cover accounting expenses related to collecting and paying the tax. A long-standing local law has allowed businesses to keep 2 percent of total collections for city-parish government sales taxes as long as the... more »
  • Livingston sales tax revenue increases

    January 18, 2013 12:49 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish sales tax revenue rose 7 percent in December, compared with the previous year, marking the 26th straight month that tax receipts have increased. The Advocate reports more than 70 percent of the sales taxes collected in the Denham Springs Economic Development District are still being used... more »
  • Jindal tax plan would keep incentive programs

    January 16, 2013 4:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The leader on Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed tax code rewrite, Tim Barfield, says the administration wants to keep most of the state's economic development incentive programs as part of the revamp. Many of the programs give credits or exemptions to income taxes. Though Jindal is proposing to... more »

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