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  • Louisiana shoppers to see lower sales taxes this weekend

    August 3, 2017 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana consumers get a bit of a tax break this weekend during the state's annual sales tax holiday. For two days, August 4 and 5, most retail purchases during those two days will be charged 3 percent state sales tax, rather than the full 5 percent... more »
  • Louisiana Senate rejects House budget offer

    June 7, 2017 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate has rejected the House's initial offer in negotiations over a final version of Louisiana's budget. Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur, a Ville Platte Democrat, said senators have notified House leaders that they won't accept it. The proposal, obtained by The Associated Press, is $50 million... more »
  • Louisiana tax rewrite officially dead as last bills scrapped

    June 3, 2017 7:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The last glimmers of possibility that legislators would make substantive changes to Louisiana's tax system before their lawmaking session ends Thursday have disappeared. Republican Reps. Barry Ivey and Julie Stokes withdrew their tax proposals from consideration Saturday in the Senate tax committee when it became clear the... more »
  • State tax holiday for hurricane preparedness this weekend

    May 22, 2017 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue announced a sales tax holiday for Hurricane preparedness emergency supplies. The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. The sales tax holiday provides a... more »
  • Louisiana session reaches halfway mark with unclear tax path

    May 8, 2017 2:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's legislative session is reaching its midpoint with no clear direction on what approach lawmakers will take on rewriting state tax laws, if they can reach agreement at all. The two-month session hits the halfway mark Tuesday. It must end by June 8. Gov. John Bel Edwards'... more »
  • Deadline for Louisiana individual tax returns is next week

    May 8, 2017 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The deadline to file your 2016 Louisiana individual income tax returns is next Monday, May 15. The Department of Revenue recommends filing electronically for the fastest return processing. Taxpayers can also file their state return for free with Louisiana File Online. Residents who need more... more »
  • Report: EBR COA used public funds to campaign for tax increase Play Video

    May 8, 2017 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging used public resources, including money, staff time and nonprofit postage permit to support a tax proposition in 2016, according to a state audit released Monday. According to Louisiana’s Legislative Auditor, the COA management ran Support our Seniors, a political... more »
  • Defense attorney gets 30 months in prison for tax evasion

    April 23, 2017 12:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana criminal defense attorney has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for failing to pay approximately $1 million in income and employment taxes, including interest and penalties. The Justice Department said in a statement that 66-year-old Michael Thiel, of Baton Rouge, used trusts to conceal... more »
  • Tax preparer pleads guilty to failing to pay $350K in taxes

    April 22, 2017 5:08 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The owner of a Louisiana tax preparation business has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return and failing to pay more than $350,000 in taxes. Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook's office said in a statement that 49-year-old Kevin Dalcourt, of Lafayette, faces a maximum sentence of... more »
  • Lawmakers talk tax bills in second week of legislative session Play Video

    April 17, 2017 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A busy Monday starts the second week of the legislative session. Nearly a dozen proposed bills are up for discussion in the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. Two of them deal with the flooding events last year, and tax breaks. Under... more »
  • Federal tax bill hits hardest in District of Columbia

    April 17, 2017 7:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - Americans are preparing to meet the Tuesday deadline for filing their federal income tax returns. Data from the IRS and the Census Bureau show that three states - Delaware, Minnesota and Massachusetts - on average paid the most per person in federal income, payroll and estate taxes in... more »
  • Good news, procrastinators: Tax deadline pushed to Tuesday

    April 13, 2017 12:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - Don't freak out if you haven't finished your taxes. The IRS is giving last-minute filers a reprieve until Tuesday. The usual April 15 deadline falls on Saturday this year. That would normally push the deadline to Monday. But Monday is a holiday in the District of Columbia, so... more »
  • Edwards speaks on state finances on first day of Legislative session Play Video

    April 10, 2017 7:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards will make his case Monday for rewriting Louisiana's tax laws to legislators slogging back for another session where debate will heavily focus on state finances, budget cuts and government spending levels. Louisiana's two-month regular session opens at noon, with little consensus emerging... more »
  • Congress seen as not likely to pass tax overhaul quickly

    April 3, 2017 9:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - After their humiliating loss on health care, Republicans in Congress could use a quick victory on a big issue. It won't be an overhaul of the tax code. Tax reform could prove harder to accomplish than repealing and replacing Barack Obama's health law. Congressional Republicans are divided on... more »
  • Edwards unveils long-awaited tax plan for upcoming session Play Video

    March 29, 2017 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is pushing significant changes that would shift more of the state tax burden to businesses, lessen sales taxes and raise hundreds of millions for next year's budget. The tax package unveiled Wednesday would replace $1.3 million in temporary taxes set to expire in... more »
  • Release of Edwards' tax proposals delayed until Wednesday

    March 27, 2017 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has delayed the release of his tax rewrite proposal. He's taking an extra two days to pull together the centerpiece of his legislative agenda amid questions about a new business tax he's backing. The Democratic governor had intended to unveil details of the... more »
  • Pa. man convicted of not filing taxes over 'mark of the beast'

    March 8, 2017 10:14 AM

    ALLENTOWN - A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of failing to file his income tax returns for 21 years because he considered using a Social Security number akin to using the "mark of the beast" spelled out in the Bible. James Schlosser, who lives in the town of Bird-in-Hand, was... more »
  • Report: Law enforcement raiding Caterpillar Inc. headquarters

    March 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    PEORIA – There is a heavy police presence outside the Caterpillar Inc. headquarters in Peoria, Illinois, local media is reporting. According to WEEK.com, law enforcement are searching the building looking for tax documents. The company’s human resources department is telling employees that law enforcement are executing a search warrant.... more »
  • Republicans block bid to force Trump to release tax returns

    February 27, 2017 8:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have blocked an attempt by Democrats to force President Donald Trump to release his tax returns to Congress. Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey said Monday that Congress has a responsibility to hold the executive branch "to the highest standard of transparency to ensure the... more »
  • Mississippi kills bill to collect internet tax, earmark for roads

    February 27, 2017 5:29 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says the Mississippi Senate will kill House legislation that would enforce taxation on internet sales and earmark the money for road and bridge work. Reeves told reporters Monday that House Bill 480 will die in committee Tuesday, at the deadline for committees to... more »
  • Livingston Parish property taxes due by midnight Play Video

    February 24, 2017 7:28 PM

    LIVINGSTON – Feb. 24 is the deadline for homeowners in Livingston Parish to pay their property taxes, even though they are still rebuilding from the August flood. One resident, Jimmy Alexander, has been living in his Denham Springs home for nearly 40 years. He is still making repairs to his... more »
  • Louisiana budget deal negotiated, but will it pass in House?

    February 21, 2017 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With time running short, Louisiana's lawmakers have moved the pieces of a budget-rebalancing deal into place. But final passage of the plan to close a $304 million deficit remained far from certain. The special legislative session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to eliminate the gap must... more »
  • Republicans block Dem effort to get Trump's tax returns

    February 14, 2017 12:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have blocked an attempt by Democrats to use an obscure law to obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns from the IRS. Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee tried to frame the issue as a matter of national security. They questioned whether Trump has any... more »
  • Many flood victims awaiting assistance with income taxes

    February 4, 2017 7:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lorenzo Lafleur and his family came out to the Main Library in Baton Rouge to get help with his income taxes. They lost everything in the flood. "I want to know is there is going to be some type of way to write it off.... more »
  • PHOTOS: Ten homes with the highest property taxes in EBR

    January 31, 2017 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Property taxes of property in East Baton Rouge are due Mar. 1 and the owners of the most expensive homes have bills the size of most people's salaries. The new owners of the Pennington Mansion on Highland Road, Andre' and Jessica Bruni, have the highest property... more »
  • Livingston Sheriff's office now sending out 2016 tax notices

    January 6, 2017 5:41 PM

    LIVINGSTON – The Livingston Parish Assessor’s Office has completed post flood reassessment, officials said Friday. Jeff Taylor says the 2016 tax roll has been approved by the Louisiana Tax Commission and has submitted the approved tax role to the Sheriff’s office. According to a statement, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s... more »
  • Amazon now charging sales tax to Louisiana customers

    January 1, 2017 3:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tax-free shopping on Amazon for Louisiana residents is ending. The online retail giant will start charging sales taxes on all purchases shipped to destinations in Louisiana starting Jan. 1. A state revenue department spokesman confirmed Amazon will begin collecting both state and local sales taxes... more »
  • Louisiana to begin accepting state tax returns on Jan. 23

    December 28, 2016 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue says it will start accepting 2016 state individual income tax returns on Jan. 23. That's the same date that the IRS begins accepting federal tax returns. Jan. 23 also is the date when taxpayers can begin downloading paper tax forms from the... more »
  • Governor says tax rewrite should be fair and predictable

    December 8, 2016 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is looking ahead to next year's legislative session, saying the state needs to enact a tax structure that is fair, predictable and "sufficient" to pay for state services. The Democratic governor told lawmakers, business leaders and others at the Council for a Better... more »
  • Baldwin lashes back at Trump SNL swipe

    December 4, 2016 12:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Alec Baldwin says if Donald Trump releases his taxes, he'll stop impersonating him. The actor is lashing back at the president-elect's swipes of his performance on Saturday Night Live. Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the show and Baldwin's impersonation specifically, tweeted late Saturday night that the show is... more »
  • Tax Commission member resigns after revealed he has tax debt

    November 12, 2016 1:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans businessman who hasn't paid property taxes in 30 years on a building he owns has resigned from the Louisiana Tax Commission. That move followed an investigation by WVUE-TV that uncovered Jimmie Thorns' outstanding tax debt. Thorns' business, Jim Thorns Inc., acquired a building in... more »
  • Livingston Parish tax collections soar after flooding

    November 7, 2016 10:02 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Officials say Livingston Parish sales tax collections increased 50 percent over the same month last year as post-flood reconstruction and motor vehicle purchases continued to drive sales. The October collections figures represent sales made in September, the first full month after the flood, when property owners shifted gears... more »
  • Christie says Trump a 'genius' if avoiding taxes

    October 2, 2016 3:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Chris Christie says a new report showing Donald Trump's business losses in 1995 may have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for years is a "very good story" for Trump." The New Jersey governor said on "Fox News Sunday" that the New York Times story showcases... more »
  • Filing, payment extensions for those affected by flooding

    August 28, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State tax extensions are available to Louisiana taxpayers whose homes, business and critical tax records are located in 20 parishes designated as federal disaster areas following recent flooding. The Louisiana Department of Revenue says for sales, severance and excise taxes due on or after Aug. 11 and... more »
  • Sales tax refunds available for property destroyed in 2016 floods

    August 26, 2016 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Taxpayers in certain parishes can claim refunds for state sales taxes paid on personal property destroyed by last week’s historic flooding or the March 2016 flooding. According to the Louisiana Department of Revenue, those refunds are only available to residents living in a parish declared a... more »
  • 10 tax questions asked during a disaster

    August 23, 2016 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue has compiled a list of the ten most frequently asked tax questions on disaster recovery. Here they are: · Money donated to a GoFundMe or other crowdfunding website to benefit flood victims is it tax deductible? Or do I owe... more »
  • Eleven selected as finalists for top bus system job

    August 5, 2016 11:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eleven people are scheduled to be interviewed next week by the search committee looking for the next CEO of the Capital Area Transit System. The former CEO resigned earlier this year, in protest of constant negativity about the bus system from the public. Bob Mirabito wrote... more »
  • Series of public meetings to determine direction for Green Light Plan

    July 29, 2016 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President “Kip” Holden has scheduled a slew of 12 public meetings next month to gather public input ahead of the beginning of the next phase of the city’s Green Light Plan. The Green Light Plan program is made up of a range of roadway infrastructure and... more »
  • Pointe Coupee Parish lays off workers as tax revenues plunge

    July 11, 2016 10:03 AM

    NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury is laying off nine parish employees and taking other cost-cutting measures to bring its budget in line with lower-than-projected revenues. The police jury sent layoff notices to the nine workers Thursday. Six more positions were never filled after employees left, bringing... more »
  • A balanced Louisiana state budget, but for how long?

    July 1, 2016 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's income forecasts have been adjusted to reflect recently-passed tax increases, providing a balanced budget for the state's 2016-17 fiscal year, which starts Friday. But that balance could be short-lived, as more financial problems loom for state government. Economists have warned the state could close the... more »
  • La. income estimates tweaked to add taxes, ahead of new year

    June 30, 2016 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's income forecasts have been updated to reflect tax changes backed by lawmakers, adjustments needed to keep the budget that begins Friday in balance. But other money problems loom, including concerns Louisiana might have to take out a short-term loan to keep cash flowing and government services... more »
  • Property tax break program getting overhauled by governor

    June 24, 2016 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is changing the rules for a lucrative property tax break program for manufacturing facilities, to tie the tax breaks to job creation and retention. New and expanding manufacturing facilities are allowed, under the state constitution, an exemption from paying local property taxes for... more »
  • Effort to raise another $88M for budget shelved

    June 23, 2016 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senate President John Alario has given up on trying to raise another $88 million for next year's budget, saying the House won't go along with the plans. The proposal would have reduced personal income tax deductions for people who itemize on their state forms. The House rejected... more »
  • After 19 weeks, La. lawmakers wrap up their work Thursday

    June 23, 2016 10:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are entering the final day of their tax special session with pending votes to decide how deeply they will cut health and education programs in the budget year that begins next month. No matter what votes they take ahead of the midnight deadline, the House... more »
  • Senate spending plan protects colleges, cuts K-12 education

    June 22, 2016 2:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's senators have unveiled their approach for spending $258 million raised in a tax special session that is in its final days. The plan, backed Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee, would protect college campuses, but it leaves K-12 public schools on the chopping block. The safety-net hospitals... more »
  • Who will pay? A look at tax bills approved by lawmakers

    June 21, 2016 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are nearing the end of a special session aimed at raising more money for next year's budget through tax changes. Here's a look at bills that passed and those that failed to win support: BILLS SENT TO THE GOVERNOR: -Lessen the tax break... more »
  • House rejects Edwards bill to lessen income tax deductions Play Video

    June 19, 2016 8:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have spurned a proposal sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards to scale back a tax break for people who itemize deductions on their state income tax forms. The bill would have raised $88 million to lessen budget cuts next year. With no... more »
  • Fate of remaining tax proposals rests with House lawmakers

    June 18, 2016 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana's special session on taxes enters its final week, only three tax bills remain in play for lawmakers considering ways to boost state revenue and lessen budget cuts next year. All three await decisions in the House, where Republicans have shown a willingness to bottle up... more »
  • Edwards says lawmakers should feel 'urgency' Play Video

    June 17, 2016 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards said he believes there's time in the dwindling days of the special session to persuade House lawmakers to back more tax bills to lessen budget cuts. Bills that will raise around $220 million in the budget year that begins July 1 have received... more »
  • Economist: State could face up to $200M deficit this year

    June 17, 2016 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An economist who helps decide Louisiana's state income forecast has delivered grim news to Gov. John Bel Edwards and legislative leaders, saying the state could end up with as much as a $200 million deficit this year. If the expectation pans out, it would worsen state financial... more »
  • House, Senate disagreement over budget bill ends Play Video

    June 16, 2016 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House and Senate leaders have reached a deal on how to handle the budget bill to spend the tax dollars raised during the special legislative session. After a Thursday meeting, House leaders agreed to stop stalling the bill and are scheduling it for a Monday hearing. House... more »
  • Critical tax vote planned Wednesday in House committee

    June 15, 2016 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Pressure is being put on members of the House tax committee, who are deciding whether to scale back a tax deduction for upper-income earners. The Ways and Means Committee meets Wednesday afternoon to consider the legislation by Bogalusa Rep. Malinda White, to raise more than $100 million... more »
  • House considering compromise proposal on income tax bill

    June 14, 2016 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers negotiated behind the scenes ahead of a Wednesday vote on a bill to raise more than $100 million in taxes for next year's state budget. The bill, sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards as part of a budget-balancing package, would decrease an income tax... more »
  • Edwards administration trying to change GOP minds on taxes

    June 10, 2016 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is trying to revive its stalled tax proposals in the House, hoping to flip votes by focusing on the cuts proposed for next year's budget. Administration leaders Friday emphasized the threat of slashing to health, education and public safety programs. They... more »
  • House backs tax bills, but far short of Edwards' request

    June 9, 2016 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have agreed to a package of tax bills that would raise more than $220 million for next year's budget. That reaches slightly more than one-third of the $600 million sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards to stop what he describes as deep... more »
  • Gov. Edwards trying to sell lawmakers on need for taxes

    June 4, 2016 12:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards has been meeting with groups of lawmakers over the last week, trying to build support for a fast-approaching special session on taxes. The Democratic governor wants to raise an additional $600 million for next year's budget in the special session that begins Monday, 30... more »
  • Ag department in line for portion of medical marijuana sales

    June 3, 2016 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's agriculture department will get a slice of revenue from medical marijuana sales, if the governor agrees. With a 91-4 vote Friday, lawmakers in the House gave final passage to the measure giving the department up to 7 percent of the revenue, to cover agency costs of... more »
  • House wants to divert fee money to help pay for TOPS

    May 16, 2016 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - To come up with another $100 million to help pay for the TOPS college tuition program next year, House leaders decided to divert money that people pay for services away from the agencies providing them. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration and state senators are raising concerns about... more »
  • Louisiana House moves into second day of budget debate

    May 13, 2016 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has resumed its debate on the nearly $26 billion state operating budget proposed for next year. College and health care programs are on the chopping block as lawmakers continue to grapple with how to close a $600 million shortfall in the financial year... more »
  • Clinton: Trump's tax plan is for billionaires

    May 11, 2016 3:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's tax agenda was "written by a billionaire for billionaires" and will benefit the wealthy at the expense of middle-class workers. Clinton says in Blackwood, New Jersey, that Trump would add trillions to the debt in exchange for tax cuts for people earning more... more »
  • TOPS the priority as House lawmakers work on the budget

    May 6, 2016 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As House lawmakers work to craft their version of next year's budget, House leaders say the main focus is on protecting the state's TOPS free college tuition program from cuts. To help close a $600 million gap, Gov. John Bel Edwards proposed to only provide about one-third... more »
  • Edwards rejects calls to revise special session timeline

    May 5, 2016 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says calls to delay a special session on taxes would be irresponsible, allowing damaging cuts to take hold across state services. The Democratic governor is planning a June special session for lawmakers, to consider tax changes that could help stave off deep... more »
  • Estimate of Louisiana's budget shortfall drops to $600M

    April 25, 2016 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The price tag for Louisiana's budget shortfall next year has dropped to $600 million. Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief financial adviser Jay Dardenne told state senators Monday that a gap once pegged at $750 million is lower. Dardenne says that's thanks to savings from Edwards'... more »
  • Plastic bag tax? Decision to remain with La. local officials

    April 21, 2016 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Decisions on whether to ban or tax disposable plastic bags will remain with Louisiana's local government leaders. A St. Tammany Parish lawmaker Thursday scrapped his effort to create roadblocks for such restrictions. Republican Rep. Paul Hollis, of Covington, initially proposed to prohibit city and parish governments from... more »
  • More than 5M tax returns expected Monday as deadline nears

    April 17, 2016 3:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - Millions of taxpayers face a midnight deadline Monday to file their tax returns, while millions of others will ask for more time -a six-month extension. There was a three-day delay beyond the traditional April 15 deadline Friday was a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. It was... more »
  • Livingston voters reject funding for school upgrades

    April 9, 2016 10:48 PM

    SPRINGFILED – Voters in Livingston Parish rejected a proposal Saturday that would have funded a new high school in Springfield and upgrades to schools in Albany. One proposal would have approved a $14 million dollar bond issue that would go toward building a new school on land already owned... more »
  • Click here for municipal and primary election results

    April 9, 2016 6:17 PM

    CLICK HERE FOR LIVE ELECTION RESULTS BATON ROUGE – Polls closed at 8 p.m. for many areas around the Capital City Saturday. Voters in West Baton Rouge Parish are voting whether to renew a tax for the West Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit. The unit receives some... more »
  • New taxes go in effect on April 1st; that's no joke Play Video

    March 31, 2016 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Smokers, drinkers, car renters and every shopper around Louisiana will be paying more for their purchases starting today. In addition to tax increases on cigarettes, alcohol and car rentals, a one percent increase in the state sales tax kicks in Friday. According to the Tax... more »
  • Renewal of tax for health center on West Baton Rouge ballot

    March 28, 2016 9:20 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Local voters are deciding whether to renew a property tax for the West Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit in Port Allen. The tax has been in place since 1956. Parish finance director Phillip Bourgoyne says it will generate nearly $634,000 a year from 2017 to 2026.... more »
  • State tax filing extensions for storm affected parishes

    March 23, 2016 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Taxpayers affected by recent storms or flooding will have some extra time to file some of their taxes. State officials said Wednesday that the Department of Revenue will waive late filing penalties, late payment fees and other interest that would normally apply. The extended deadline... more »
  • Louisiana Department of Revenue warns taxpayers of scams

    March 17, 2016 3:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue is warning taxpayers about scams from people attempting to steal their personal information. Criminals are contacting people and identifying themselves as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or state’s Department of Revenue. According to the department, scam artists are threatening taxpayers... more »
  • Louisiana budget shortfall could still top $50 million

    March 10, 2016 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tax bills were rushed through in such frenzy in the final minutes of the special legislative session that the governor, lawmakers and their financial advisers were still trying Thursday to sift through the implications. This year's budget could be out of balance anywhere from $30 million... more »
  • Jindal-era tax credit maneuver repealed by state lawmakers

    March 9, 2016 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have taken a shot at former Gov. Bobby Jindal in the special legislative session, giving final passage to a measure aimed at refuting his budget practices. The House and Senate agreed Wednesday to repeal a heavily-criticized tax credit, called SAVE, that Jindal pushed to protect his... more »
  • Alcohol taxes to rise after rate hike receives final passage

    March 9, 2016 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's drinkers will soon be paying more for their wine and beer. A bill to boost the tax rates charged on alcohol won final passage Wednesday with a 71-23 House vote. The measure heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who supports the tax hike to help balance... more »
  • Critical bills up for consideration as session deadline closes in

    March 9, 2016 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wednesday marks the final day of the special legislative session, and it’s time for state lawmakers to agree to a tax plan or let critical services get cut. Lawmakers are meeting now behind closed doors, and a number of conference committees are hard at work on... more »
  • Senators blast business for seeking to protect tax breaks

    March 8, 2016 1:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators grilled business lobbyists on the second-to-last day of the special legislative session, saying companies aren't doing their fair share to help close Louisiana's budget gap. Lobbyists for the oil and gas industry, chemical plants and other companies urged the Senate tax committee Tuesday against shrinking sales... more »
  • Last-minute financing maneuver could boost Medicaid funding

    March 8, 2016 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers think they have found a way to tap into more money for Louisiana's Medicaid program, without more taxes. A little-noticed financing maneuver added to legislation Monday night by senators is estimated to bring in at least $250 million more annually for Medicaid. The maneuver,... more »
  • Louisiana House supports alcohol tax increase for budget

    March 6, 2016 8:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to raise alcohol taxes to help bail out the state budget. The alcohol tax hike fell short last week of the 70 votes needed. But after two days of negotiations, several lawmakers changed their minds Sunday and the bill was advanced to... more »
  • Who could pay? A look at tax bills approved by lawmakers Play Video

    March 5, 2016 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state House and Senate have supported varying measures to change Louisiana's tax laws. Only a few have made it to final passage in a special legislative session that must end Wednesday. Here's a look of what some of the proposals would do and... more »
  • Smokers to pay more: Cigarette tax hike wins final passage

    March 5, 2016 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Smoking cigarettes in Louisiana will cost more money starting April 1. The state Senate voted 33-2 Saturday for a 22-cent per pack cigarette tax hike. That gave the House-approved bill final legislative passage. Gov. John Bel Edwards supports the tax increase sponsored by New Orleans... more »
  • Amended alcohol tax fails in the House

    March 4, 2016 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican lawmakers in the House who have shown resistance to raising taxes also have been slow to come up with places they'd recommend slashing government to rebalance Louisiana's budget. Senate leaders, both Republican and Democrat, have repeatedly pointed out the House members causing some of the special... more »
  • Stalemate thaws as House votes on more tax bills Play Video

    March 3, 2016 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After days of delays, the Louisiana House has started considering additional tax changes that could help balance the state budget. Republican leaders in the House had stalled action on taxes for several days, while waiting for the Senate to unveil its package of proposed budget cuts. GOP... more »
  • Senators outline budget balancing plan, calls for more taxes

    March 3, 2016 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators have unveiled their plan to rebalance Louisiana's short-term budget gap, seeking to lessen cuts proposed by the House and largely shield public colleges and health services from steep reductions. But the plan requires the House to back $83 million more in taxes than the... more »
  • Who could pay? A look at tax bills advancing with lawmakers

    March 3, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House and Senate have supported varying measures to change Louisiana's tax laws. None has made it to final passage so far, with less than a week remaining in the special legislative session. Here's a look of what some of the proposals would do and... more »
  • Missouri man charged with advertising for dependents

    March 2, 2016 3:18 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - A Missouri man has been charged with advertising on Craigslist for the identities of children he could claim as dependents on his taxes. The U.S. attorney's office says 37-year-old Raheem McClain, of Ozark, was charged in a three-count indictment that was unsealed Tuesday. The indictment alleges that he... more »
  • Parents plead for taxes to pay for their children's services Play Video

    March 2, 2016 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators weighing deep cuts to state services were wiping away tears as parents pleaded for them to pass tax hikes to protect programs that help them care for their children. Health care services that serve thousands with developmental disabilities are threatened as lawmakers decide how to close... more »
  • Edwards urges House Republicans to support more tax bills

    March 2, 2016 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards tried to persuade Republican lawmakers to back additional taxes as his special legislative session on rebalancing Louisiana's budget moves into its final week. The Democratic governor met privately with GOP House and Senate members Wednesday morning, urging action. Edwards said he told Republicans... more »
  • House and Senate appear in stalemate over budget rebalancing

    March 1, 2016 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Negotiations over how best to rebalance Louisiana's budget are staying behind the scenes. Lawmakers in the House on Tuesday again stalled votes on tax hikes, as bill sponsors tried to rally enough support for passage. House Speaker Taylor Barras, a Republican, called on lawmakers in his... more »

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