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  • State suspends tax amnesty program over incorrect info

    November 17, 2015 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State revenue officials announced Tuesday they were suspending Louisiana's tax amnesty program for the rest of November due to incorrect information sent out to taxpayers. The Department of Revenue said they discovered some amnesty invitation letters said people the wrong amounts of money, and determined it... more »
  • Louisiana Tax Amnesty Program starts Monday

    November 16, 2015 8:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2015 begins today. The program gives a fresh start to individuals and businesses who have fallen behind on their taxes. The 30-day amnesty period applies to taxpayers who have failed to file a tax return, claimed incorrect credits or committed other tax penalties. You... more »
  • Movies bring $178 million to Baton Rouge in 2015

    November 9, 2015 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite lawmakers trimming Louisiana's film tax incentives, officials in Baton Rouge said the city-parish saw about the same amount of movie money as it did last year. Mayor-President Kip Holden's office said movie productions spent more than $178 million in the Baton Rouge region for 35... more »
  • French Quarter sales tax hike to fund State Police

    October 26, 2015 9:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Residents of New Orleans' French Quarter have overwhelmingly approved a new five-year sales tax to keep more than 30 state troopers patrolling their historic district. Complete but unofficial returns show that nearly 1,000 people voted, and 78 percent of them voted for the tax. It will add about... more »
  • BRAC announces support for renewing EBR library tax

    October 12, 2015 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Area Chamber announced Monday they supported renewing a property tax which covers more than 98 percent of the East Baton Rouge Library system's budget. Voters approved the ten-year dedicated tax in 1995 and 2005. Without it, the library wouldn't be able to stay... more »
  • Judge allows lawsuit to continue against utility tax change

    October 5, 2015 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge has refused to throw out the Louisiana Chemical Association's lawsuit objecting to a legislative tax change that raised $103 million for this year's budget. The Louisiana Legislature and the Department of Revenue argued Monday the association didn't have the legal standing to... more »
  • Downtown Development District defends tax renewal on October ballot check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 30, 2015 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Downtown Development District has put the 10 mill property tax for downtown on the October ballot. The tax is up for renewal every five years and voters will make the decision on whether to renew it or not on Oct. 24. Since a larger area... more »
  • Clinton calls for repeal of health care law's 'Cadillac tax'

    September 29, 2015 6:30 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for the repeal of part of President Barack Obama's health care law, the so-called "Cadillac tax" on health insurance that's unpopular with large corporations and unions alike. Critics say it will raise costs for consumers, while supporters see it as a... more »
  • Trump unveils tax plan that would lower taxes for millions

    September 28, 2015 11:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is calling for an overhaul of the tax code that would eliminate income taxes for millions of Americans, and lower them for the rich. Trump is unveiling his tax plan at a press conference Monday at Trump Tower in Manhattan. The... more »
  • Baton Rouge Downtown Development District expands

    September 28, 2015 7:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Downtown Development District is twice as large as it used to be before the Legislature changed its boundaries in 2012. But it's been operating off of the same tax base that it had since before the changes. That could all change, as residents included in... more »
  • Tax credit usage helped cause last year's expected deficit

    September 25, 2015 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's expected deficit for last year is driven at least partially by people and businesses cashing in on more tax refunds and credits than anticipated. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, the governor's chief budget adviser, said Friday it's likely the state closed the books on the... more »
  • Services on the line as EBRPL tax renewal heads to October ballot check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 24, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A crucial vote is coming up for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System as voters are asked to renew a tax that's been around for 20 years. The current tax costs the average resident about $100 a year, and it has served the library... more »
  • Two city governments approve lodging taxes Tuesday night

    September 23, 2015 12:01 AM

    BAKER - City leaders here and in neighboring Zachary approved a measure to funnel more tax money from out-of-towners into city governments. Each city council approved a hotel/motel tax that will need to be approved by voters in upcoming elections. In both Zachary and Baker, city leaders hope to... more »
  • State sales tax expansion possible

    September 16, 2015 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's talk around the Capitol of expanding a state sales tax for everyday items. Under the Louisiana's constitution things like groceries, gasoline, prescription drugs, and residential electric bills are exempt from a state sales tax. "Those are some of the most stable and consistent purchases consumers make,"... more »
  • Second Amendment tax holiday Sept. 4-6

    August 27, 2015 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue said the annual Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday will take place next week in Louisiana. The holiday waives state and local sales taxes for qualifying purchases of guns, ammo and other hunting supplies from Friday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept. 6.... more »
  • Group suggests fuel tax to pay for road repairs

    August 10, 2015 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Advocates for better infrastructure propose a tax on fuel – paid by drivers – as a way to help fund road repairs in Louisiana. Kenneth Perret, the president of Louisiana Good Roads, spoke at a meeting of the Baton Rouge Pess Club Monday. He discussed an... more »
  • E. Feliciana tax renewal to be on upcoming ballot Play Video

    August 6, 2015 5:59 PM

    CLINTON - This week the East Feliciana Parish School Board voted to put three tax renewals on the ballot. The taxes up for renewal are a 17 mill property tax and two 1 cent sales taxes. Most of the money gotten from the taxes will go toward salaries and... more »
  • State sales tax holiday Friday, Saturday Play Video

    August 5, 2015 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's annual sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday, just in time for families preparing to send their children back to school. The holiday provides an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items of tangible personal property for... more »
  • IRS: College tax status not at risk over gay marriage

    July 29, 2015 6:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says religious colleges that don't accept gay marriage aren't at immediate risk of losing their tax-exempt status. At a Senate hearing, Utah Republican Mike Lee noted that Bob Jones University lost its tax-exempt status over its racial policies in the 1970s. Lee... more »
  • In Iowa, Clinton says climate plan will promote renewables

    July 26, 2015 7:10 PM

    AMES, Iowa - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is unveiling a plan aimed at combating climate change that includes revisions in the tax code to promote renewable energy. In Iowa, the nation's second-leading wind energy producer, Clinton says people are "just not paying attention" if they don't acknowledge... more »
  • Voters will decide on fire protection fee renewal Play Video

    July 23, 2015 6:22 PM

    WATSON - Thursday night the Livingston Parish Council will call for an election to renew a service charge for a fire protection district. The $32 yearly fee generates $713,000 a year for the Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 4. District 4 covers one-third of the parish including Walker, Watson, Port... more »
  • Website offers window into Baton Rouge government spending

    July 23, 2015 8:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish residents now have a way to know where their tax dollars are going. Mayor-President Kip Holden says the parish launched "Open Budget BR" Wednesday, a website that breaks down city-parish spending and allows people to drill down into department, program, construction and service spending... more »
  • Audubon Commission considering tax increase

    July 15, 2015 11:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Audubon Commission may hang on to its 3.31-mill property tax rate despite rising land values in Orleans Parish. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the commission will vote on whether to retain its taxes at that level, technically an increase because taxpayers will have to pay more out of... more »
  • Audit cites concerns about deficit in jail sales tax fund

    July 13, 2015 8:26 AM

    LIVINGSTON- A multimillion-dollar deficit in Livingston Parish's jail sales tax fund was among a handful of concerns independent accountants cited in the parish's 2014 audit. The audit also says the parish continues to struggle with keeping its priority road list updated, tracking permit revenue and estimating expenditures in its road... more »
  • Bipartisan plan would overhaul business taxes, fund highways

    July 8, 2015 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two senators are unveiling a bipartisan framework to overhaul the taxes paid by U.S. firms on foreign profits while potentially providing much-needed funding to repair the nation's roads and bridges. Many of the details need to be worked out, and huge hurdles remain. But if successful, it would... more »
  • New radio ad highlights tax votes of state lawmakers

    July 7, 2015 7:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new radio ad launching from an anti-tax organization is targeting state lawmakers who supported tax hikes and lessened tax breaks to balance this year's budget. The Louisiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity is spending $60,000 for the advertising that begins statewide Tuesday. The organization is coupling it... more »
  • Increased cigarette tax goes into effect today

    July 1, 2015 8:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Starting Wednesday, smokers in Louisiana will be shelling out a little more money for cigarettes. The state cigarette tax is going up 50 cents to 86 cents a pack. Lawmakers approved the tax increase during this year's legislative session. The money generated from the new tax will... more »
  • Cigarette tax goes up 50 cents this week

    June 28, 2015 10:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- You can expect to pay more if you buy a pack of cigarettes in Louisiana starting Wednesday. On July 1st, a pack of cigarettes will cost you an additional 50 cents after state legislators voted to raise the cigarette tax. Currently, the state's cigarette tax is 36... more »
  • Gubernatorial candidates clash over film tax credit law

    June 23, 2015 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New legislation imposing a cap on film tax credit payouts in Louisiana caused a political uproar after Governor Bobby Jindal signed it Friday, and is drawing in candidates for the state's next governor. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and Senator David Vitter, the top Republicans vying for... more »
  • Lawmakers curtail generous solar tax break

    June 23, 2015 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A solar power tax break that has cost the state millions will be sharply curtailed under the budget deal struck by lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal. Solar industry supporters say solar power was targeted while tax breaks for other energy industries were protected. But lawmakers trying to close... more »
  • Dardenne says Disney, ABC halt new La. projects over tax credit law

    June 22, 2015 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne said that a moratorium has been put in place at Disney and ABC on new film projects in Louisiana because of changes to the state's film tax credit program. Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation Friday that caps payouts from the state at... more »
  • 4 South Louisiana organizations get New Markets Tax Credits

    June 17, 2015 7:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Four South Louisiana organizations have received a total of $220 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits, which they plan to invest in small businesses that create quality jobs and in projects that offer education and health care to poor people. AMCREF Community Capital, Capital One Community... more »
  • Tax committee chairman: Lawmakers handled budget responsibly

    June 15, 2015 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The chairman of the state House tax committee says lawmakers shouldn't have trouble defending tax votes they took in the just-ended legislative session. Rep. Joel Robideaux, a Lafayette Republican, said Monday the decisions made by lawmakers helped protect public health care services and higher education. Lawmakers raised taxes... more »
  • Metro Council approves library tax

    June 11, 2015 7:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Library System will hold a property tax increase election this fall. The Baton Rouge Metro Council approved holding the election Wednesday night. Residents with $150,000 properties would see their bills rise from $80.85 a year to $83.25 a year, and residents with $250,000... more »
  • House rejects Senate changes to budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 10, 2015 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the clock winding down on the Louisiana legislative session, lawmakers in the state House voted to reject the Senate's changes to the $24 billion budget bill and send it to a conference committee to hash out the final details. The House and Senate have been... more »
  • Metro Council will vote on library tax check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 10, 2015 9:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The library board in Baton Rouge approved asking voters to renew a tax that would keep libraries open. The Metro Council will make the final decision during their Wednesday meeting. Many Metro Council members publicly suggested the library take a cut, claiming money is needed in other... more »
  • La. Senate starts approving tax bills for next year's budget

    June 5, 2015 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have started passing tax bills to help raise new dollars for next year's budget. With a 28-7 vote Friday, the Senate agreed to temporarily suspend a 1-cent state sales tax exemption on the purchase of electricity, steam and water for utilities by businesses. The suspension would... more »
  • State sales tax exemption on hurricane items begins Saturday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 29, 2015 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's a tax free weekend for Louisiana residents interested in purchasing hurricane supplies on Saturday and Sunday. The state sales tax holiday kicks off at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning and comes to a close at 11:59 p.m. Sunday night. "This is a good opportunity for... more »
  • Louisiana House votes down sales tax hike for road work

    May 28, 2015 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have rejected a 1-cent sales-tax hike that would pay for improvements to Louisiana's crumbling roads. Because the proposal by Rep. Karen St. Germain would increase taxes, it needed support from two-thirds of lawmakers. The House voted 52-42 for the bill, far short of... more »
  • East Baton Rouge council delay vote on library tax

    May 28, 2015 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council has delayed voting on how high of a property tax the library system will put on ballots next fall. Four council members were absent. The Metro Council will now vote on the library's proposed property tax at its June 10 meeting.... more »
  • Senators sail through tax bills

    May 18, 2015 8:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators sailed through 11 House-approved tax changes Monday that would raise $615 million dollars and save state colleges from devastating cuts. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee offered no amendments or objections to the bills, preferring to send them to the Senate Finance Committee next week. ... more »
  • House tax bills receive passage from Senate committee

    May 18, 2015 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A package of House-approved tax bills estimated to raise $615 million for next year's budget has sailed through its first stop in the Senate amid ongoing budget negotiations. Without objection Monday, the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee advanced 11 bills to rework tax break programs, scale back... more »
  • Lawmakers to discuss cigarette tax hike Monday

    May 18, 2015 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Four weeks remain in the Louisiana session. Balancing the budget is still the focus for state lawmakers, who have yet to reach an agreement on how to close the $1.6 billion shortfall. Today the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs is set to discuss a tax... more »
  • Possible hotel tax coming to Baton Rouge

    May 13, 2015 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is deciding whether to approve two proposed taxing districts for downtown hotels. Plans call for a new Holiday Inn Express and Courtyard Mariott. Developers of both projects are seeking new tax increment financing districts. These new districts would allow developers to... more »
  • US records biggest budget surplus in 7 years

    May 12, 2015 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department says a flood of tax payments pushed government receipts up to an all-time high in April and left the country with the largest monthly budget surplus in seven years. The department's budget report put the April surplus at $156.7 billion, up from a surplus of... more »
  • Jindal continues to call for revenue neutral budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 8, 2015 7:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At an informal meeting with reporters on Friday before leaving the state, Governor Bobby Jindal evaded specific questions about about tax credit rollbacks and repeated a general statement he gave Thursday after the state House approved millions of dollars in tax changes. "Any tax credit where... more »
  • House passes $677 million in tax, credit changes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2015 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A controversial cap on tax credits for the filmmaking industry. An increased cigarette sales tax. Scaling back solar and corporate tax credits. Almost a dozen such bills were all passed by the Louisiana House Thursday in their efforts to raise revenue and start filling a $1.6... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on budget issues check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2015 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The budget battle is heating up today at the Capitol. Lawmakers are expecting a long debate as they consider a dozen tax changes in the hopes of getting more money to balance next year's budget. State Treasurer, John Kennedy talked to News 2's John Pastorek about what the... more »
  • Film tax credit fight nears check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 6, 2015 8:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayor Kip Holden made an impassioned defense of the state film tax credit at a press conference that unveiled more films to be shot in Baton Rouge. "This industry is too important to shut the door on people who need jobs, can do these jobs, and can... more »
  • House Committee approves tax hike for road projects

    May 6, 2015 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A plan to fund road projects in Louisiana is moving forward at the Capitol. A House Committee approved two plans that would mean billions of dollars for road and bridge improvements over the next ten years. Lawmakers are considering a one cent sales tax increase, and a... more »
  • Tax hikes for roadwork begin advancing in Louisiana House

    May 5, 2015 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers tired of pothole-riddled roads, traffic congestion and a never-addressed wish list of transportation projects are considering tax hikes to raise money for roadwork. The House Ways and Means Committee approved two proposals Tuesday that could pour billions into road and bridge improvements over the next decade:... more »
  • Jindal's tax plan temporarily stalls, but revived within hours

    May 4, 2015 3:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A key piece of Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to balance next year's budget sputtered briefly in the House tax committee, which initially rejected the tax plan only to revive it within hours and pass it. The proposal to scale back a tax credit for companies that pay local... more »
  • Voters around Louisiana OK 49 taxes, nix 10

    May 4, 2015 3:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Voters in 28 parishes around Louisiana considered nearly 60 tax measures, and the vast majority passed. New or renewed taxes include one for libraries in New Orleans, a $175 service charge for a Bastrop fire protection district, and four for Rapides Parish schools. Slidell-area voters turned down proposals... more »
  • Residents relieved about fire tax renewal

    May 3, 2015 7:51 PM

    HOLDEN - Residents in Livingston made it clear that they want to keep their fire department running after voters chose to renew a 11.1 millage tax for another ten years. A whopping ninety-two percent of residents in Holden approved the tax on Saturday in order to save their District... more »
  • Election results for May ballot

    May 2, 2015 11:56 PM

    Baton Rouge - All ten tax proposals got a yes from voters in the WBRZ viewing area. Nine of them were renewals and one of them was a new tax. In east Baton Rouge parish, two tax proposals from the St. George Fire Department Passed. A Renewal tax which... more »
  • St. George Fire District seeks $2 million tax hike check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 30, 2015 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Elections this weekend could lead to higher taxes for some in East Baton Rouge Parish as voters will be asked to approve a property tax increase and renew another. The St. George Fire Protection District put two separate tax proposals on the May 2 ballot. ... more »
  • Budget-balancing deal has yet to take shape in Legislature

    April 30, 2015 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers remain undecided on an approach for closing next year's $1.6 billion shortfall, so the House tax committee has advanced a menu of options that could become the building blocks of a budget-balancing deal. The Ways and Means Committee sent to the House floor a cigarette tax... more »
  • Iberville school tax renewals on ballot Saturday

    April 29, 2015 7:58 AM

    PLAQUMINE- Iberville Parish voters head to the polls Saturday to consider renewing three 10-year tax proposals to help the school system maintain its alternative school programs, building maintenance and its ability to offer competitive salaries for its teachers. The tax measures are projected to generate about $9.9 million a year... more »
  • Guilty verdict against 3 in film tax credit scheme

    April 28, 2015 3:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A jury has returned guilty verdicts against three people for their role in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a film tax credit scheme. U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says the jury found 65-year-old Peter M. Hoffman, his estranged wife, 69-year-old Susan Hoffman,... more »
  • Inventory tax repeal derailed check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 20, 2015 7:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Plans to start moving the pieces of a budget-balancing package of tax changes this week got derailed Monday. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee was scheduled to consider a bill by Sen. Robert Adley , R-Benton, that would repeal a local property tax on inventory. The repeal... more »
  • Budget work gets derailed at Capitol

    April 20, 2015 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans to start moving the pieces of a budget-balancing package of tax changes this week got derailed Monday. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee was scheduled to consider a bill by Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, that would repeal a local property tax on inventory. The repeal... more »
  • Livingston schools getting word out for tax renewal Play Video

    April 15, 2015 4:44 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish Public Schools plan to be proactive to get voters to approve a tax renewal set for the May 2 ballot. Schools in the parish will send students home with fliers to get parents to vote for the tax. The school system will also make phone... more »
  • Livingston hopes to sway voters to approve school tax renewal

    April 14, 2015 8:48 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The school district is hoping to convince voters to renew a tax that has been on the books for sixty years. The district begged voters in a press release Tuesday, to renew the tax that funds maintenance projects for "every school building in the school district." ... more »
  • La. film industry in court spotlight amid budget crunch

    April 11, 2015 12:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A tax credit program lauded for turning Louisiana into "Hollywood South" but lamented for its cost to a cash-strapped state government is at the center of a federal trial opening in New Orleans. The defendants are two film industry executives and a New Orleans attorney accused of... more »
  • Gas tax proposed to build new infrastructure

    April 7, 2015 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are proposing a 4 cent gas tax on top of the 20 cents Louisianians already pay at the pump. Representative Karen St. Germain is sponsoring the bill , she said it will provide revenue for new roads and bridges. The Plaquemine Democrat chairs the House Transportation,... more »
  • Film industry pushing its own study of La. tax break program

    April 6, 2015 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fighting to keep its tax break program from being gutted, the film industry is circulating a rosier economic analysis of the program's impact in Louisiana than a state-financed study. The study released Monday by the Motion Picture Association of America suggests Louisiana's film tax breaks generated 33,500... more »
  • Zachary taxpayers vote on sales tax to help fund school programs check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2015 6:34 PM

    ZACHARY - The Zachary school board is asking taxpayers for an additional one percent in sales tax to fund school programs. Residents will vote Saturday on the sales tax, which would help fund programs like the arts, music, foreign language, and athletics department. "We're asking the public which... more »
  • Free help filing taxes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2015 6:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new tax program is offering help to people in the capital area. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is available to the elderly, disabled, and people with low to moderate income. "It's a free program, so not only can you save the money to get... more »
  • Library asks for tax renewal, but it'll be a few bucks more

    March 19, 2015 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The library board here approved asking voters to renew its operational tax. Following the approval Thursday night, the measure next goes before the Metro Council and, if approved there, then to voters. But, while the tax is a renewal, it will collect more than what... more »
  • Stephen King pans governor over inaccurate residency claim

    March 19, 2015 12:59 PM

    AUGUSTA, Maine - Stephen King isn't pleased with Gov. Paul LePage's inaccurate claim that the horror writer has moved from Maine. LePage used his radio address this week to make his case for eliminating Maine's income tax. He said states without an income tax, such as Florida, have lured away... more »
  • Louisiana taxpayers leave unclaimed money on the table Play Video

    March 10, 2015 8:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tax time is here, and many Louisiana taxpayers could be leaving some money on the table. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon stopped by 2une In this morning with some important tax reminders. "53% of the money that's available to be taken advantage of either as a... more »
  • Lawmakers consider changes to La. film tax break program

    March 4, 2015 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two New Orleans-area lawmakers have opened conversations on scaling back Louisiana's generous film tax credit program. Ideas presented Wednesday to an entertainment industry advisory commission would cap the program's costs, reduce covered expenses and tweak rules to combat fraud. Tax credits for film and television productions helped... more »
  • Task force recommends gas tax change

    March 4, 2015 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A transportation funding task force recommended Wednesday that an existing Louisiana state gas tax could get a boost to help deal with budget shortfalls in the state. The task force recommended that the existing tax be tied to the consumer price index. Lawmakers said that would... more »
  • State begins processing tax returns; refunds coming

    March 2, 2015 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has started issuing state tax refunds, it announced Monday. Refunds were withheld for about two weeks so the state could more thoroughly screen tax returns in light of fraudulent returns being filed across the country The Department of Revenue originally said it would not... more »
  • Another tax preparer arrested for tax fraud

    February 27, 2015 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Harvey woman is accused of falsifying information on her own tax return and those of clients of her tax preparation business. State revenue officials, in a news release Thursday, said Lisa Adams allegedly submitted state tax returns for Omega Tax Services clients containing false business losses.... more »
  • Bush defends his conservative credentials ahead of CPAC

    February 27, 2015 2:28 AM

    PALM BEACH, FL - Jeb Bush readily points to his conservative credentials - tax cuts and smaller government as Florida's governor. But convincing the activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he's one of them might be a tougher sell. A sign of what Bush faces at CPAC: His... more »
  • Film industry could suffer if tax credits sunset check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2015 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The popular film tax credits that have helped create "Hollywood South" in Louisiana could face some changes as the state searches for ways to save money. Some lawmakers have proposed changing the program to include a cap of $300 million on the amount of credits doled... more »
  • Protect yourself: Springtime is scam time Play Video

    February 26, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Springtime is scam time. Whether it's your tax returns or yard work, scammers are looking to con you to get your money or personal information. National Consumer Protection Week was created to keep that from happening. "We're seeing a lot of disputes about tax prepares," Sam... more »
  • Mental Health of Inmates check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2015 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Will the mental health of inmates end up costing taxpayers or are there other options? Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto brings this to light Monday on WBRZ News 2 at 10. more »
  • State reports flood of false tax returns Play Video

    February 6, 2015 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana revenue officials said they've discovered more than 2,000 attempts to file fraudulent tax returns through popular tax software this year. The Department of Revenue said 2,011 returns filed through Intuit / TurboTax have been filed as fraudulent. "To our knowledge, our systems at the... more »
  • Super help with filing on Super Tax Day check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 5, 2015 7:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The scramble is on to get your tax returns ready. If you're stressing out, there's a way for you to receive free assistance. Capital Area United Way is hosting their annual Super Tax Day this weekend. Kendall Hebert joined us on 2une In this morning with the... more »
  • Prison tour shows cell doors won't close check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 3, 2015 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After a proposed tax to build a new prison failed in the Metro Council, Warden Dennis Grimes is hoping to highlight problems that could spark change for his facility. The East Baton Rouge Parish Prison has beds for 1,594 inmates and is at full capacity. Parts of... more »
  • Idea suggested to fix prison with no tax increase

    February 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council say the parish should hire a private company to finance, build and operate a new jail without a tax increase. The proposal comes as local law enforcement leaders seek a new jail to replace one they say... more »

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