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  • Edwards calls special session to raise taxes Play Video

    February 5, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers will start debating a tax hike next week with Governor John Bel Edwards calling a special legislative session Friday to tackle Louisiana's budget crisis. Lawmakers will go into the special session on Sunday, Feb. 14 and will remain in session until Mar. 9. Edwards... more »
  • Edwards to outline parameters Friday for special session

    February 5, 2016 4:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards is readying to release his outline for a special legislative session he is calling to stabilize Louisiana's finances. The Democratic governor said he intends to issue the executive order Friday, setting the dates and parameters for the session to begin Feb. 14. Edwards says... more »
  • IRS resolves computer problems after outage

    February 4, 2016 6:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS says it has resolved a computer system outage and is again accepting electronically filed tax returns. In a statement on Thursday, the agency says it had resumed processing individual and business tax returns at about 5 p.m. Eastern, a day after a "hardware failure" forced the... more »
  • LDR: State tax filings not affected by IRS system outage

    February 4, 2016 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana tax filings are not being affected by the IRS' hardware failure. In a news release sent out Thursday morning, the Louisiana Department of Revenue said its tax processing systems are not being impacted by the system outage. Earlier this week, the IRS announced that it had stopped... more »
  • IRS computer problems shut down tax return e-file system

    February 3, 2016 7:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS says it has stopped accepting electronically filed tax returns because of problems with some of its computer systems. The outage could affect refunds, but the IRS says it doesn't anticipate "major disruptions." The agency on Wednesday experienced what it is calling a "hardware failure." The e-file... more »
  • PAR wants cuts before taxes Play Video

    February 2, 2016 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A "good government" group wants Louisiana's leaders to get control of spending before they raise taxes. The Public Affairs Research (PAR) Council released a report where it lists specific cuts. A few of the proposed measures include: - Control increased spending for state workers' health... more »
  • New Orleans area lawmakers to lead House budget, tax panels

    January 28, 2016 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two New Orleans area lawmakers have been chosen to lead the House committees that will be essential to deciding the fate of Gov. John Bel Edwards' budget and tax proposals. House Speaker Taylor Barras posted his committee assignments online Thursday. Republican Rep. Cameron Henry of... more »
  • Metro councilman shocked many people still go to the library Play Video

    January 27, 2016 11:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A simple item on Wednesday's Metro Council agenda about leasing space for a temporary downtown library turned into a bizarre discussion about how many people visit libraries and the economic differences between people on either side of town. The library board wants to spend $14,583.33 a... more »
  • Gov. Edwards' budget ideas unveiled, so negotiations begin

    January 20, 2016 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Reaction to Gov. John Bel Edwards' tax hike proposals for closing Louisiana's massive budget holes is mixed. Legislative leaders say they're encouraged by the broad array of options, but others are showing resistance to the ideas. The Democratic governor offered a "menu of options" that includes... more »
  • Tax hikes, furloughs, cuts being weighed to balance budget

    January 16, 2016 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State leaders are rummaging around for ideas to stop the flow of red ink in Louisiana's budget, with a more than $700 million gap to close by June and deeper troubles on the horizon. Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to start unveiling his "menu of options"... more »
  • Edwards transition committee releases tax recommendations report

    January 15, 2016 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edward’s Transition Committee on Fiscal Matters released a report containing tax recommendations for the state going forward on Friday. The transition committee spent three days putting together a plan that contains 10 guiding principles and provided options for the incoming administration to take... more »
  • Democrats chosen to lead Senate's budget and tax committees

    January 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate President John Alario has selected Democrats to lead the Senate committees dealing with taxes and the budget. Sen. Eric LaFleur, of Ville Platte, will work as chairman of the Finance Committee, which helps to craft the state's annual budget and will grapple with closing... more »
  • WATCH Governor-Elect Edwards talks possible tax increase

    January 4, 2016 8:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards gave some indication Monday about a possible plan to raise taxes to fill Louisiana's budget deficit. Specifically he would be in favor of eliminating some income tax deductions for individuals and corporations while lowering income taxes overall. Edwards said people would pay a... more »
  • State tax amnesty period to end on Thursday

    December 28, 2015 1:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Businesses and individuals who have fallen behind on their taxes have just three days left to take advantage of the state’s tax amnesty program in 2015. Once Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2015 wraps up, there will be no new amnesty program offered by the Department of Revenue... more »
  • Audit finds faults in DHH's management of funds Play Video

    December 23, 2015 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state audit has found that the Department of Health and Hospitals failed to follow legally required processes at a cost of tens of millions of dollars to taxpayers. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's sweeping examination of the state health agency was released Wednesday. DHH officials... more »
  • Thousands of properties piling up for EBR Parish Play Video

    November 16, 2015 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of properties with unpaid taxes are sitting around in East Baton Rouge waiting to be sold at auction. When someone does not pay property taxes that property goes up for auction at a sheriff's sale. The properties that are not sold are "adjudicated" to the parish... more »
  • Dept. of Revenue to ditch debit card tax refund option

    September 29, 2015 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Early next month, taxpayers will lose the option to receive their tax refund from the State Department of Revenue on a MyRefund Debit Card. The Department of Revenue says the Friday, Oct. 2 change comes due to J.P. Morgan Chase eliminating its prepaid debit card services.... more »
  • Services on the line as EBRPL tax renewal heads to October ballot 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 »
  • Higher Learning: Colorado county mulls scholarship pot tax

    August 26, 2015 12:48 PM

    DENVER - Talk about higher learning. A Colorado county is mulling whether to create what would be the world's first public college scholarship program funded with marijuana money. Pueblo County is considering a 5 percent excise tax on marijuana growers, with half the proceeds designated to a scholarship fund that... more »
  • Governor candidates back allowing local tax hikes for roads

    July 31, 2015 5:05 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Louisiana's four major candidates for governor told a packed audience of local elected officials they support giving municipalities more authority to raise their own taxes for roadwork. The three Republicans - Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and U.S. Sen David Vitter - and one Democrat,... more »
  • Lawsuit challenges utility tax change used to balance budget

    July 1, 2015 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Chemical Association has filed a lawsuit challenging one of the tax changes recently enacted by state lawmakers to balance the state's budget. The lawsuit strikes at legislation that temporarily suspended a 1-cent sales tax exemption on business utilities, expected to raise $103 million in the... more »
  • Auditor: State agencies fail reporting on tax incentives Play Video

    June 1, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State agencies that administer tax incentive programs are failing to adequately report the return on investment for those programs, according to the legislative auditor's office. State law requires agencies to annually report to the Legislature the return on investment for their tax incentive programs and whether the... more »
  • Key piece of budget-balancing plan meets resistance in House

    June 1, 2015 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have stalled a key piece of legislation sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal as part of the budget-balancing plan. The bill was designed to allow the governor to maintain his record against tax increases. The House Ways and Means Committee canceled its planned Monday... more »
  • Louisiana school voucher program before US appeals court

    June 1, 2015 4:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court in New Orleans is set to hear arguments on whether the state must report to the U.S. government about schools and families in Louisiana's program to provide some students with taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear... more »
  • Dueling budget reports paint different St. George pictures Play Video

    May 13, 2015 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Supporters of the proposed city of St. George released details today about how they plan to fund their government, and it doesn't include raising taxes. The group hired national public accounting firm Carr, Riggs and Ingram, whose report shows an $11.4 million annual budget surplus for... more »
  • State board awards tax breaks, costing Lafayette millions

    May 12, 2015 1:50 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A state board exempted some Lafayette Parish businesses from paying millions in local taxes in 2013. The Louisiana Economic Development's Board of Commerce and Industry, not local governing bodies, approved the exemptions that waived local property taxes. In 2013 those exemptions amounted to $5.4 million over a 10-year... more »
  • Louisiana House to debate scaling back tax breaks this week

    May 5, 2015 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After weeks of back-room wrangling, the budget-balancing debate is moving to the floor of the Louisiana House, with colleges and health services at the mercy of the high-stakes decisions. House leaders intend to ask their colleagues to decide Thursday which tax changes they're willing to make -... more »
  • Jindal blasts companies opposed to religious objections bill Play Video

    April 23, 2015 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says businesses that oppose religious objections laws are entering an "unholy alliance" with liberal elites who support more taxes and regulation and demonize profit-making. In a meeting with reporters Thursday, the Republican governor said he was alarmed when business groups united with LGBT advocates... more »
  • Senators back inventory tax repeal in budget-balancing plan

    April 22, 2015 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ignoring the outcry of local government leaders, senators moved ahead with the cornerstone of a budget-balancing package of tax changes under negotiation by legislative leaders. The Senate Finance Committee voted 9-1 Wednesday for a proposal by Sen. Robert Adley to repeal the local property tax charged on... more »
  • Hello? 8M phone calls unanswered as IRS cut taxpayer service

    April 22, 2015 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS' overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services. For those who weren't disconnected, only 40 percent actually got through to a person. Many of those people had to wait on... more »
  • Baton Rouge park officials ask for increased property tax

    April 20, 2015 9:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge recreation and park system will ask its governing board for a property tax increase at the end of May, one that won't require the approval of voters. BREC already collects one of the highest property taxes in the city-parish, over 14 mills. Although... more »
  • State back on track with processing tax returns after scammers

    April 2, 2015 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state is back on track in processing income tax returns and getting refunds out to you. There had been some major delays after scammers filed more than 2,000 fake tax returns through TurboTax back in the beginning of tax season. The Louisiana Department of... more »
  • House bill could pin higher taxes on smokers Play Video

    April 2, 2015 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Smokers across the state could be taking a bigger hit to their wallet when they restock on their precious smokes in the future. To the chagrin of these nicotine enjoying taxpayers, the proposed House Bill No. 252, aims to increase cigarette taxes from $0.36 to $1.08... more »
  • Obama signs law on donations to slain NY officers' families

    April 1, 2015 5:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure allowing people to write off donations they made this year to the families of two slain New York police officers. Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Dec. 20 by a man... more »
  • Jindal health care budget has gaps, cuts, unsure financing

    March 25, 2015 1:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's health care spending plan for next year relies on more than $400 million in tax changes uncertain to win passage from state lawmakers. Even then, lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee were told Wednesday, the governor's proposal still has gaps in the Medicaid program... more »
  • Aerial mapping program coming to Livingston Parish Play Video

    March 18, 2015 3:56 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor showed off a new parish-wide mapping system to parish leaders, realtors and law enforcement Wednesday. The program will be public for anyone to use, but parish entities will benefit from the mapping system. It could provide an easier way to make... more »
  • A look at Jindal's proposal to close the $1.6B budget gap

    February 27, 2015 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has a $1.6 billion budget shortfall in the 2015-16 fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to close the gap with savings from lessened tax break spending, piecemeal financing and cuts across state agencies. Here's how Jindal proposes to address the shortfall: -Cap... more »
  • Here's why your La. tax refund will be late

    February 18, 2015 11:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has delayed issuing tax refunds by a week in light of fraudulent tax returns being filed across the country. The Louisiana Department of Revenue said Wednesday, it will begin issuing refunds on March 2. The state began accepting tax returns on January 20 and... more »
  • Taxes placed on Livingston May ballot

    February 12, 2015 11:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders approved putting two tax measures on the May ballot Thursday night. One is the second attempt for the fire department covering the Holden area. A tax renewal failed in December. The department believes low voter turnout and knowledge about the renewal caused the defeat. ... more »
  • Obama sending $4 trillion spending plan to Congress

    February 2, 2015 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $4 trillion budget that seeks to raise taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations and use the extra income to lift the fortunes of families who have felt squeezed during tough economic times. The budget being proposed Monday would also ease... more »
  • ACA making taxes more complicated

    January 30, 2015 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Affordable Care Act is affecting the way many people file their taxes this year. It's one of the biggest changes to the tax code in decades and it's confusing even the professionals. The biggest change are two new forms: "1095-A," for people enrolled in... more »
  • Jindal says he'll suggest 'options' to reduce budget cuts

    January 28, 2015 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says his budget cut proposal for next year will be presented to lawmakers with a list of "options" for lessening some of the slashing. The state faces a $1.6 billion shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. The Jindal administration is considering state financing cuts... more »
  • Panel divided on how to reform film tax credit program

    January 15, 2015 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say Louisiana's generous film incentive program could and should be better designed to get the state a bigger return on its investment. They say the most recent estimates costs taxpayers about $170 million a year. On that point there was general agreement among five opinionated... more »
  • Social Security won't seize tax refunds to collect old debts

    January 12, 2015 2:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won't be seizing their tax refunds. Social Security suspended a debt collection program last spring in which thousands of people had their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments... more »
  • State lawmaker wants special session on budget, taxes

    January 6, 2015 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state lawmaker from the Houma area wants his colleagues to convene a special legislative session to tackle Louisiana's continuing budget problems. Republican Rep. Joe Harrison sent a petition Tuesday to House and Senate members, asking for support to call a 14-day special session starting March 30.... more »
  • Old Perkins Road repairs, may hold some drivers up Play Video

    January 4, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Old Perkins Road will undergo construction this week, meaning at times the road will be down to one lane in each direction. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the project will begin Monday and go through Thursday. Lane closures will take place in the... more »
  • IRS says tax filing season to start Jan. 20

    December 29, 2014 9:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS says taxpayers can start filing their 2014 tax returns on Jan. 20. The agency says tax season will start on time despite a last-minute tax law passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. Earlier this month, Congress passed a bill extending more than 50... more »
  • La. police: Smoking ban would hit gambling halls

    December 18, 2014 1:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana regulators say $104 million in revenues and state fees might be lost over two years from Harrah's casino, a horse-racing track and video-poker halls if New Orleans enacts a widespread ban on smoking. After the New Year, the City Council will debate a proposed ban on... more »
  • Latest Louisiana tax amnesty period closes Friday

    November 14, 2014 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With a deadline looming, Louisiana's latest tax amnesty program was close to reaching its collection goal from delinquent taxpayers. The state's revenue forecasting panel was told Friday that as of midday, the program had collected $96 million. The program needed to bring in $100 million to keep... more »
  • Constitutional amendments explained Play Video

    October 29, 2014 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Voters will have to consider 14 constitutional amendments when they hit the polls next Tuesday, and with a three-minute time limit behind the curtain it could prove difficult to tackle the ticket without some studying ahead of time. Some of the amendments only affect the New Orleans... more »
  • Congressman's corp. loses Texas charter over taxes

    October 21, 2014 6:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A business co-owned by U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister has lost its right to do business as a Texas corporation after missing deadlines to pay state franchise taxes. Chris Ryan with the Texas Comptroller's Office said Tuesday that Texas Coastal Energy Co. LLC could have its corporate charter... more »
  • LSU to monitor flight spending Play Video

    September 22, 2014 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is promising to monitor the purchase of plane tickets more carefully after an Inspector General's report showed the flagship university wasted $123,000 on unused airfare over the period of two-and-half years. The school wasn't the only state agency that was targeted in the report. The... more »
  • Regular post office hours for tax day

    April 15, 2014 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Post Offices in Baton Rouge are keeping their regular hours for Tuesday. Tuesday is the deadline to file federal income taxes. Those filing by mail have to have them postmarked by April 15. The IRS says many people don't realize that if you're owed... more »
  • Salt dome cavern owners getting audited Play Video

    March 18, 2014 6:19 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish Assessor M.J. Smiley Jr. says companies will get audited for not paying taxes on salt dome caverns. Smiley said they're looking at 20 unreported salt dome caverns in Ascension that belong to four companies; Cheveron, Exxon, Motiva and Shell. They're also looking into how many... more »
  • Taxpayers have more questions this season Play Video

    February 19, 2014 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This year a delay in state tax refunds and numerous new questions are causing headaches for taxpayers and more work for tax preparers. Steve Everly, the district manager of Jackson Hewitt, taxpayers in Louisiana can expect their refund money about two weeks later than usual. He... more »
  • CATS to consider spending thousands to lease new office space

    February 17, 2014 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Capital Area Transit System leaders will discuss leasing more office space for staff and extra parking spaces for additional buses at a meeting Tuesday. CATS, which is funded through a controversial property tax, is considering occupying one floor of Mid City Towers, formerly Dean Tower, a 14-story... more »
  • Residents speak out against St. George Play Video

    December 20, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some people who live the proposed area of St. George are voicing their concerns through a facebook page and website. "I'm worried about taxes going up in our part of the parish and not getting the level of services that we get being associated with the city... more »
  • Audit: State falls short in severance tax review

    December 2, 2013 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue hasn't been making sure oil and gas companies pay all their severance taxes, according to a new audit. Legislative auditor Daryl Purpera says the state could be missing out on millions of dollars it is owed. Oil and gas severance... more »
  • Officials get update on debt collection

    November 21, 2013 8:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Efforts to set up a new office aimed at collecting state government's back-owed debts are underway in the Department of Revenue. The state's Cash Management Review Board receives an update Thursday on the creation of the Office of Debt Recovery. Lawmakers established the office in... more »
  • Assessor claims companies not paying up Play Video

    November 19, 2013 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Assumption Parish believes it's getting shortchanged by millions of dollars and wants the state to help make some companies pay up. After the Bayou Corne sinkhole opened, parish officials claimed some companies near the sinkhole were not reporting all of their taxable assets. The parish says... more »
  • Sinkhole reveals possible tax evasion Play Video

    November 13, 2013 6:16 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - The sinkhole in Assumption Parish uncovered some possible tax evasion, according to the parish assessor. An audit revealed some companies in the parish may not be reporting all the taxable assets. Parish assessor Wayne Blanchard, along with the parish, decided to audit the companies on the... more »
  • Proposed city in EBR explains funding Play Video

    September 24, 2013 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers of the proposed City of St. George said taxpayers living within the boundaries account for 2/3 of the East Baton Rouge Parish tax base yet receive only 1/3 of the benefits. Multiple petitions are circulating to incorporate the south eastern part of the parish .... more »
  • Analysis: La. budget needs $200M from tax amnesty

    September 22, 2013 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - 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... more »
  • Higher shrimp import duties from 5 countries nixed

    September 22, 2013 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Shrimp processors have lost a call for higher duties on frozen shrimp imported from five countries - China, Vietnam, Ecuador, India and Malaysia. The U.S. International Trade Commission rejected the proposal 4-2 Friday, saying the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries failed to present strong evidence that the... more »
  • Livingston voters to decide on library tax

    September 21, 2013 11:10 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Voters in Livingston Parish will be asked to renew a property tax dedicated to the parish library system in a ballot measure set for April 2014. Bond attorney Jim Ryan told the Parish Council that the 10-mill property tax would be renewed for 10 years if... 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 »
  • Parish leaders want voters to decide on sales tax for new jail

    August 12, 2013 10:39 PM

    AMITE - Parish leaders approved setting an election for a proposition to raise sales taxes to fund the construction of a new jail in Tangipahoa Parish. The current jail does not fit the needs of the parish, the sheriff said. He believes a lack of space is contributing to... more »
  • Questions raised after CATS passes audit

    August 12, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Auditors promise a new check of the books at the headquarters of the Capital Area Transit System will show irregularities in the accounting department, even though the latest audit from the state found no issue. CATS was awarded an "A" by the Legislative Auditor's office. The audit... more »
  • Lafourche officials want library money for jail

    July 5, 2013 12:25 PM

    THIBODAUX - Lafourche Parish officials say they may ask voters to decide whether taxes approved for the library system should go to a new jail instead. The Daily Comet reports that administrators and Parish Council members could have a proposal ready by the council's July 23 meeting. The cost for... more »
  • Man gets 8 months for failing to file income taxes

    May 23, 2013 8:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Former Denham Springs attorney Roderick Dewitt Aguillard III has been sentenced in Baton Rouge to eight months in federal prison after admitting that he did not file income tax returns on $2.3 million he earned over a four-year-period. Failure to file a federal income tax return is a... more »
  • New Roads disputes jury's road tax move

    May 22, 2013 10:15 AM

    NEW ROADS - The City Council has approved a resolution asking the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury to overturn a resolution it recently adopted seeking to raise the amount of taxes residents pay for street and road improvements. The council's action came at the request of Mayor Robert Myer,... more »
  • Video poker interests get organized

    May 5, 2013 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Video poker interests in Louisiana are organizing to fight possible taxes on the devices. The Advocate reports that's a chief goal of the new Louisiana Video Gaming Association. Organization president Stan Guidroz says video poker operators want to be sure legislators don't raise taxes on them... more »
  • Post office hours for late minute tax returns

    April 15, 2013 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The post office located at 8181 Bluebonnet Blvd will offer curbside collection in front of the collections boxes from 5:00 pm to 12 midnight. Customers can go to this location to drop off returns to receive the April 15th postmark. This is the only location... more »
  • E. Feliciana split over proposed tax to fund schools Play Video

    April 5, 2013 5:42 PM

    CLINTON - A tax proposal East Feliciana Parish residents will vote on Saturday has leaders torn down the middle. School Board Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. wants a $4 million proposed tax to raise money for the parish's struggling school system, which isn't meeting state requirements. "Even though we're... more »
  • Shoppers still spending at Tanger despite higher taxes Play Video

    April 4, 2013 4:17 PM

    GONZALES - People are still spending money at Tanger Outlet Mall, despite having to pay higher taxes. Shoppers are charged a 9.5 percent tax on what they buy at the mall, which is a cent more than in the rest of Gonzales. About 70 percent of each penny... more »
  • Web purchase tax included in Gov. Jindal's reforms Play Video

    March 19, 2013 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One option being considered for Governor Bobby Jindal's tax reform package is a blanket, income-based tax which would cover all online purchases. It's called a safe harbor plan, and Louisiana budget officials say other states have already adopted similar measures. The plan would let people make... more »
  • Jindal proposes $1.4B in new taxes on services

    March 15, 2013 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Your paycheck will grow larger, but in exchange, your haircut, cable TV and insurance bills will go up, if lawmakers agree to Gov. Bobby Jindal's rewrite of Louisiana's tax code. Jindal wants to do away with state income taxes, but he doesn't want to shrink the state's revenue... more »
  • Tax plan targets services Play Video

    March 14, 2013 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal's plan to reform the state's tax system and eliminate the individual income tax would also need to add taxes on some services for the first time. Traditionally, services like haircuts, landscaping, pet grooming and cable TV aren't taxed, but Jindal's plan would add the... more »
  • Where's my Louisiana income tax refund? Play Video

    February 27, 2013 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If you haven't received your Louisiana state tax refund, you're not alone. "I got my federal return pretty quickly," resident Elizabeth Crain said. "I've been wondering where my state return is." Crain isn't the only one wondering where her refund is. According to the state... more »
  • State has millions in unclaimed insurance money

    February 22, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Insurance is sitting on $255 million in unclaimed money, and some of it could be yours. The money comes from a surcharge tacked on to all homeowner's insurance premiums to fund Louisiana Citizens Insurance in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. ... more »
  • Tax return rejected after dependants wrongfully claimed Play Video

    February 7, 2013 6:33 PM

    HOLDEN - After her tax return was rejected two years in a row, mother of three Melissa Peavy says she's fed up. "I'm just angry," said Peavy. "I'm angry, not for myself, but for my children." Two of her children have been claimed as dependants on a stranger's... more »

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