Tag Archives: Louisiana Legislature

Louisiana Voters Pass Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for Construction Projects

On October 21, 2017, Louisiana voters resoundingly voted in favor of a Constitutional Amendment to the Louisiana Constitution (Act 428 of the 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature). The Amendment clarifies a long standing practice that construction materials delivered to a construction site are exempt from ad valorem tax during the pendency of the … Continue Reading

Tax Clearance Now Required for Louisiana State Sales Tax Resale Certificates and Approval of Certain State Procurement Contracts

The Louisiana Department of Revenue has now issued formal guidance regarding the new requirement that taxpayers receive a Louisiana state tax clearance in order to obtain: (i) a new or renew an existing Louisiana state sales tax resale certificates; and (ii) approval of certain Louisiana state procurement contracts. Specifically, the Department has issued the following new Revenue … Continue Reading

Much Ado About Nothing: Louisiana’s 2017 Regular Session Legislative Wrap-Up

The Louisiana Legislature’s 2017 Regular Session has now concluded, and as previously reported, numerous tax measures were proposed.  Ultimately, however, much of the proposed legislation addressing long-term tax reform was largely rejected by the Legislature during the Regular Session, leaving questions currently unanswered as to how the state will ultimately address the long-term issue of … Continue Reading

Louisiana CAT Cannot Claw Its Way Out of Committee: Bill Voluntarily Deferred by Sponsor

The hotly contested new Commercial Activity Tax (“CAT”) proposal in Louisiana – H.B. 628 – may now have officially run out of lives. After hours of debate over two days of hearings in the Louisiana House Ways & Means Committee, Governor Edwards’ (D) proposed CAT was voluntarily deferred by the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Sam Jones.  … Continue Reading

Louisiana Governor’s Proposed Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) Bill Now Filed at Louisiana Legislature

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ (D) administration has now filed its bill proposing to create a new Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) in Louisiana. A full copy of the filed original bill, HB 628 (authored by Representative Sam Jones), can be found here. According to the Governor’s previously released 2017 Budget Stabilization Plan, the proposed new … Continue Reading

Louisiana Governor Announces 2017 Budget Stabilization Plan

Standing on the edge of a $1.3 billion fiscal cliff, Governor John Bel Edwards (D‑La.) announced his 2017 Budget Stabilization Plan, which he intends to pursue during the 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature beginning on April 10, 2017.  The Plan notes that Louisiana is operating under a broken, outdated system, “that just simply does … Continue Reading

Louisiana Discussing Possible New Gross Receipts Tax As Part of Upcoming 2017 Regular Legislative Session

Louisiana is at it again! Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Revenue are now seriously discussing and considering the recommendation of legislation to create a new gross receipts tax in Louisiana.  The Governor’s administration will likely be presenting this gross receipts tax option to the Louisiana Legislature as part of the … Continue Reading

Louisiana Governor Issues Call for Special Session

It’s official.  Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards has now released his Call for a special legislative session to begin February 13th at 6:30 PM and conclude February 22nd at midnight.  The Call, released today, February 3, 2017, is intended to allow the Louisiana Legislature to plug a $304 million budget hole in the state’s FY … Continue Reading

Louisiana Governor Announces Intent to Issue a Call for Special Session

Today, January 27, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that he intends to issue a call to bring the Louisiana Legislature into a 10-day special session beginning February 13 and ending February 23. The special session will address a FY 2017 budget deficit estimated to be in excess of $300 million. The Governor has explained … Continue Reading

Louisiana 2017 Special Session Possible

The Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference met Friday, January 13, 2017, to determine the state’s budget deficit for fiscal year 2017. Based on tax collections, which are below expectations, Louisiana’s economists estimate either a $340M or $502M deficit. The Revenue Estimating Conference ultimately concluded the state’s budget deficit for fiscal year 2017 is $340M, of which … Continue Reading

Louisiana Task Force Releases Recommendations to Reform Louisiana Tax Policy

The Louisiana Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget & Tax Policy recently released its recommendations to reform Louisiana’s sales and use tax, individual income tax, corporate income & franchise taxes, ad valorem property tax and economic development incentives. The highlights of the Task Force’s recommendations include: Sales and Use Tax: Expand the sales and use … Continue Reading

Backstrom Quoted in Law360, ‘La. Voters Refuse to Get Rid of Corporate Tax Deduction’

Jones Walker SALT Team Leader, Bill Backstrom, was quoted in the Law360 article, “La Voters Refuse to Get Rid of Corporate Tax Deduction” regarding the rejected ballot measure to scrap the corporate tax deduction for federal income taxes paid. The measure was rejected by 56.1 percent of Louisiana voters on Tuesday, November 8. Bill said … Continue Reading

Q&A with Kimberly Robinson, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue

Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and former Jones Walker LLP State & Local Tax Partner, Kimberly Robinson, sat down with our own Bill Backstrom and Jay Adams to discuss a few of the items that she will discuss at the Jones Walker SALT Team’s annual seminar in Houston, Texas on Thursday, October 6, 2016. … Continue Reading

A “Quest” for Certainty—Court of Appeal Affirms Louisiana Was a “Location-of-Performance” State All Along

In Quest Diagnostics Clinical Laboratories, Inc. v. T.A. “Tim” Barfield, Jr., Secretary, Department of Revenue, State of Louisiana; and the State of Louisiana, Louisiana Court of Appeal, First Circuit, Docket No. 2015-CA-0926 (September 9, 2016), the Louisiana Court of Appeal, First Circuit recently confirmed that Louisiana was a “location-of-performance” state when sourcing service-based receipts for corporate income … Continue Reading

Louisiana Joins Fray in National Debate Over Online Remote Seller Sales Tax Nexus

Originally published by Tax Law360. Taxation by states of out-of-state online retail sales remains a hotly contested issue.  Louisiana is now part of that national sales tax nexus conversation. In March of 2016, during a special legislative session called by new Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) to address the State’s current budget shortfalls, the … Continue Reading

Special Legislative Session Called by Louisiana Governor To Address Taxes and Budget

Today, Louisiana Governor Edwards called for a special session of the Louisiana Legislature to begin on February 14, 2016 and end no later than March 9, 2016.  The session has been called to address the current year $700 million budget deficit and a number of tax issues, including: Amend the Constitution “relative to deductible items … Continue Reading

Louisiana Governor Outlines Short-Term and Long-Term “Options” to Tackle Budget Gaps

Newly elected Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards recently outlined his short-term and long-term plans to close the $750 million budget gap in the current fiscal year and tackle the $1.9 billion gap in the upcoming fiscal year. The current fiscal year ends June 30. A full copy of the Governor’s plan showing short-term and long-term … Continue Reading

Louisiana Governor Releases Report on Fiscal Matters: A Preview of Potential Tax Changes

Louisiana Governor Edwards’ Transition Committee on Fiscal Matters released its much-anticipated report on the Louisiana budget and taxes. In order to address Louisiana’s structural deficit, the Transition Committee offered the following options to reform the Louisiana tax system: Reduce Louisiana’s individual income tax rates across the board, if the voters agree to eliminate the deduction … Continue Reading

Jones Walker SALT Partner Kimberly Robinson Named Secretary of Revenue for the State of Louisiana

Jones Walker State & Local Tax Partner Kimberly Lewis Robinson has been tapped by Louisiana Governor-elect John Bel Edwards to serve as the new Secretary of Revenue for the State of Louisiana. Kim ‘s appointment was announced yesterday afternoon by Governor-elect Edwards during a press conference in Baton Rouge. In her new role, Kim will lead … Continue Reading

2015 Louisiana Tax Amnesty Begins: New Department Guidance Published

Today, the 2015 tax amnesty program begins and will continue through December 15, 2015. In connection with the program, on November 3 the Louisiana Department of Revenue issued its Revenue Information Bulletin (RIB) No. 2015-037 providing taxpayers with specific information on this year’s amnesty. Notably, unlike the language of Act 822 (2014 Reg. Sess.) upon which the 2015 … Continue Reading

Louisiana Department of Revenue Is Incorrectly Interpreting and Applying the 28% NOL Reduction in HB 624 (Act 123)

As we reported in prior posts, the Louisiana Legislature passed several revenue raising bills this year in an attempt to address an apparent $1.6 billion budget hole for the 2016 fiscal year.  One of those new bills, HB 624 (now Act 123), provides a 28% reduction to certain corporate income tax exclusions and deductions, including … Continue Reading

Don’t Let the Louisiana Tax Amnesty Program Scare the Boo Out of You!

Trick or Treat!  Louisiana’s 2015 Tax Amnesty program begins at 12:00 AM on November 16, 2015 and closes on December 15, 2015.  The 2015 iteration of the amnesty program offers a 33% waiver of penalties and 17% waiver of interest for taxpayers that apply and pay 100% of delinquent taxes. Here’s a scary thought:  This … Continue Reading
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