Jones Walker LLP to Host the Media Financial Management Association’s Media Tax Summit

Jones Walker LLP will host the Media Financial Management Association’s Media Tax Summit on Thursday, December 12.

When: December 12

Where: Jones Walker, LLP, 201 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70170

Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette (French Quarter Area Hotel)
817 Common Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

On-Line Reservations Link:

Call-In: (Ask for Media Tax Summit)
Reservations Toll Free: 877-622-3056
Reservations Local Phone: 504-525-1111

Rate: $119+tax (Guestroom Wi-Fi Included)

Book By: November 18, 2019

Registration Rates:

  • Members – $495 through November 26
  • Non-members – $745 through November 26 (includes one-year trial membership)

NOTE: On November 27th rate increases by $100 ($595 members; and $845 non-members)

Registration limited to senior tax/financial executives in media companies only. MFM reserves the right to refuse registration requests that do not meet registration criteria. 

Click here to learn more about the program and how to complete registration.

A Big Thanks to Our SALT Seminar Administrators!

We would like to thank (from left to rightKarey Barton, Associate Deputy Comptroller for Tax, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Jan Craig, Associate Commissioner, Income/Franchise Tax, Mississippi Department of RevenueArthur Parham, Entergy Services, Inc.Kelley Askew Gillikin, Acting Director, Tax Policy and Governmental Affairs Division, Alabama Department of Revenue, and Luke Morris, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Legal Affairs, Louisiana Department of Revenue for being our luncheon speakers at our Department of Revenue Roundtable.

Each panelist provided great insight into their respective state’s handling of recent legislation and how we can work together to create solutions between tax administrators and tax payers.

Have You Registered for Our Seminar? Send in Your Questions!

Have you already registered for our upcoming Cooking with SALT program on Wednesday, October 9? If so, be sure to send in your questions for our JW presenters and guest speakers on any of your tax-related issues!

The seminar will feature special guest speakers:
• Luke Morris, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Legal Affairs, Louisiana Department of Revenue
• Kelley Askew Gillikin, Acting Director, Tax Policy and Governmental Affairs Division, Alabama Department of Revenue
• Karey Barton, Associate Deputy Comptroller for Tax, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
• Jan Craig, Associate Commissioner, Income/Franchise Tax, Mississippi Department of Revenue

Still need to register? Click here to view our brochure.

Have a question or tax issue to address? Click here to send it to our team.

Jones Walker Presents Annual State & Local Tax Seminar in Houston, TX

The Jones Walker LLP State & Local Tax team is back with a day-long program on October 9, 2019, titled Jones Walker Cooking With SALT Goes to Margaritaville! This State & Local Tax workshop will be going through all the greatest hits and new cuts. First, you will be guided through the fin-infested waters of Louisiana state and local tax procedure. Then, get acclimated to the climate after recent legislative updates. Next, we will find that lost shaker and help you add the perfect amount of SALT to your contract documents.

Join us at lunch for “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” featuring a moderated panel of key state tax administrators from Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama. The administrators will provide their perspective on recent tax developments, so you don’t feel like a “Cowboy in the Jungle.” Then, in the afternoon, everyone will decide where “they’re a-gonna go” for breakout sessions addressing (1) sales/use tax and (2) income/franchise tax. After breakouts, we’ll come back together to discuss what “you got cookin’,” and we will conclude with a Q&A.

The seminar will feature special guest speakers:
• Luke Morris, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Legal Affairs, Louisiana Department of Revenue
• Kelley Askew Gillikin, Acting Director, Tax Policy and Governmental Affairs Division, Alabama Department of Revenue
• Karey Barton, Associate Deputy Comptroller for Tax, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
• Jan Craig, Associate Commissioner, Income/Franchise Tax, Mississippi Department of Revenue

View the full brochure.

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Hilton Americas-Houston | 1600 Lamar St | Houston, TX 77010

Fee: $150 per registrant
Company group rate: $150 for first registrant, $100 for each subsequent registrant

Questions?/To Register: Contact Courtney Farley at

This program is intended for intermediate to advanced practitioners in state and local tax administration and those doing business in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and along the Gulf Coast. The full day’s program has been recommended for 8 hours of Texas CPE. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 8 credit hours, of which 0 credit hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit.

SAVE THE DATE for Jones Walker’s 11th Annual State and Local Tax Seminar



Please Save the Date for Jones Walker’s 11th Annual State & Local Tax Seminar!

Be sure to check back for upcoming program details! This program is intended for industry tax professionals and will be recommended for Texas CPE. Full brochure coming soon!

Questions? Contact Courtney Farley at Oral Argument at Louisiana Supreme Court Now Set for September 4th

The date and time are now set for the much-anticipated oral argument of the “marketplace” litigation matter in Louisiana’s highest court!

On September 4th, at 2:00 PM CT, the Louisiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments of the taxpayer,, and the local tax collector, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO).

A link the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Official Docket for that date can be found here:

Live streaming video of the oral argument on the big day can be viewed here:

City of New Orleans Offering Amnesty Late Fee Forgiveness Program

In an effort to spur the payment of unpaid back taxes and fees, the City of New Orleans is currently offering an Amnesty Late Fee Forgiveness Program, which began June 3rd and runs through September 3rd, 2019. Certain tax deficiencies, as well as parking and certain camera tickets, code enforcement violations, and even library fines may be paid with reduced or waived fees, penalties, and interest.

The amnesty program offers business owners and operators with delinquent tax accounts an opportunity to settle those accounts without having to pay penalties and all of the accrued interest.

Qualifying taxes include:

  • Sales/use
  • hotel/motel
  • parking
  • alcoholic beverage gallonage
  • occupational license taxes
  • various permits

Delinquent property taxes are not eligible for the amnesty program.

Qualifying taxpayers include:

  • Those who failed to file a tax return and pay the tax due
  • Those who failed to register and/or file sales or any other type of tax, license or permit
  • Taxpayers who are currently under an installment agreement or have defaulted on an installment agreement
  • Taxpayers who underpaid tax or have any outstanding sales tax balance
  • Taxpayers who have failed to pay for or renew an Occupational License or permit
  • Taxpayers currently under audit or in litigation for sales tax matters
  • Taxpayers who misrepresented or omitted tax due
  • Taxpayers who have sales tax liens on personal or business property
  • Taxpayers who claimed incorrect credits or deductions on tax returns

The benefits of the program for taxpayers include a waiver of all penalties and 50% of accrued interest. Taxpayers participating in the program must pay their liability in full by November 15, 2019, with a 50% down payment required at the time of application, and the option of two equal remaining payments.

Taxpayers should note that this is not a voluntary disclosure program, and it will require identification of the taxpayer at the time of application. A taxpayer applying for amnesty might be required to register with the city if the taxpayer does not already have an existing account.

For a full explanation of qualifications and benefits, please click here.

Jay Adams Named IPT Instructor of the Year for Sales Tax

Our own Jay Adams was named by the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) as its Instructor of the Year for Sales Tax at the IPT Annual Conference! Jay earned this award in recognition of his significant contributions to the IPT’s Sales Tax School I, many years of instruction at IPT events, and the highly positive evaluations he received from his engaging and interactive presentation style.

Congrats, Jay!

June 2019 Louisiana Remote Sellers Commission Meeting Brings Good News and… No News

Monday’s meeting in Baton Rouge of the Louisiana Sales and Use Tax Commission for Remote Sellers (the “Commission”) included two pieces of good news for just about everyone involved in or affected by the state’s effort to centralize the collection and remittance of sales taxes for remote sales. Unfortunately, there still remains a lack of clarity as to exactly who will be subject to the remote seller provisions of Act No. 5 of the 2018 2nd Extraordinary Session (“Act 5”) and HB 547, (signed into law by Governor Edwards on June 17, 2019 and designated as Act No. 360)… but let’s get to that in a moment.

First, the Technology Sub-Committee reported that it is close to completing the local tax matrix. When finished, the matrix will include all of the sales tax rates for all of the state’s local sales tax jurisdictions, as well as relevant exemptions and exclusions.

Second, the Committee also reported that the draft central sales tax return is nearing completion. This return will be used by qualifying remote sellers to report and remit sales taxes collected on remote sales of items delivered into Louisiana.

Following the completion of these essential steps, Louisiana will be able to provide this information to software service providers, who will, in their turn, be able to develop software to be utilized by remote sellers to prepare and file the Commission’s central tax return.

In the meantime, the clock is ticking for the Commission and businesses alike: Act 5 and Act 360 take effect for tax periods beginning July 1, 2019, with the Commission acting as the single collector of state and local sales taxes for remote sellers and as the party responsible for distributing local sales taxes to parishes and sub-jurisdictions. Until the Commission has established its central collection system, remote sellers will be able to use the state direct marketer’s return, which provides for a flat 8.45% rate to cover state and local sales taxes.

All of this is the good news that came out of this week’s meeting of the Commission. The “no news” of the title relates to the issue we reported on last week: to whom will Act 5 and Act 360 actually apply? More than 900 businesses have voluntarily registered to collect and remit sales tax using the direct marketer’s return. Looking ahead, however, it is quite possible that at least some of these might not qualify as “remote sellers” given the narrow definition of “remote sellers” in Act 360. The Commission’s meeting also lacked any discussion whatsoever about marketplace sales. While we applaud the Commission’s progress toward the development of a central return for remote sales, it remains to be seen when and how the Commission will take up other core issues.

There is one more piece of important news that came out of this week’s meeting: the election of the coming year’s Commission officers. Jeanine Theriot, the Sales Tax Administrator of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and a member of the Commission representing the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association, was elected chairman, replacing Kimberly Robinson, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Darlene Allen, of the LDR, was elected vice-chairman, replacing Tiffani Delapasse, a member of the ULSTB.