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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

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

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

Four SALT Attorneys Quoted in Bloomberg BNA

State & Local Tax Partners, Jesse R. “Jay” Adams, III, William M. Backstrom,Jr., John F. Fletcher, and Kimberly Lewis Robinson, were all quoted in the recent Bloomberg BNA article, “Corporate Taxpayers Face Changes in Louisiana, Mississippi, Attorneys Say.” The partners discuss how legislative sessions in 2014 and 2015 and some notable cases have brought significant changes … Continue Reading

District Court Holds that Chemical Association has Standing to Declare Business Utilities Resolution Unconstitutional

On Monday, October 2, Judge Michael Caldwell of the Nineteenth Judicial District Court for the Parish of East Baton Rouge ruled that the Louisiana Chemical Association (the “LCA”) has standing to challenge the constitutionality of House Concurrent Resolution No. 8 (“HCR 8”). Specifically, the court found that the LCA is permitted to sue on behalf … Continue Reading

Ready, Set, Hut! The JW SALT Team is back in Houston for the 7th Annual State & Local Tax Seminar!

Ready, set, hut! The Jones Walker LLP State & Local Tax team is back with a day-long program on October 8, 2015, titled SALT Gameday: Key Plays in State & Local Tax. The team will tackle some big issues in the morning, including state and local tax procedure and the legislative developments in Louisiana and … Continue Reading

Business Taxpayers Get Cooked: Louisiana Legislature Temporarily Patches $1.6 Billion Budget Hole with Tax Changes

There’s a children’s book, “The Goose That Almost Got Cooked,” which tells the story of a Canadian goose who takes a break from her flight south for the winter to rest at a lovely farm where the other geese are fed three meals a day. The Canadian goose thinks this is the life until discovering one … Continue Reading

Your June Vacation Plans Are Now Toast! – Get Your 2014 Louisiana Income/Franchise Tax Returns Filed By June 30th!

  Attention business taxpayers! The Louisiana legislative session is now over, and your Summer plans have now changed.  Cancel your June beach trip, and prepare to get to work. ACTION ITEM:   You should consider filing your 2014 Louisiana Income Tax Returns and 2015 Louisiana Franchise Tax Returns by June 30, 2015 to avoid many of the … Continue Reading

We Put Down the SALT for a Little Something Sweet! – National Doughnut Day 2015

Our own Bill Backstrom enjoys a tasty treat in honor of National Doughnut Day! In honor of the 77th annual celebration of National Doughnut Day, the New Orleans contingent of the Jones Walker SALT Team brought in their favorite doughnuts from all over the City.  And while it appears there is still some ongoing debate and controversy over the … Continue Reading

Pay Attention! Louisiana House and Senate Committees to Hear Several Key Tax Bills Next Week

Don’t blink! Pay close attention, because things are moving quickly right now at the Louisiana Legislature! The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee met Monday, May 11th to hear a series of tax bills, including bills to implement combined reporting and an add-back provision for corporate income tax and clean-up provisions for the Louisiana Board … Continue Reading

Louisiana House Ways & Means Committee to Discuss Combined Reporting, Add-Backs, NOL Carrybacks, and Refundable Tax Credits

Everyone should get ready for a very busy Monday at the Louisiana Legislature! On Monday, April 27th, at 9:00, the Louisiana House Ways & Means Committee will meet to discuss a number of tax bills.  Importantly, among the tax issues to be discussed are combined reporting (HB 775), statutory add-backs (HB 531), NOL carrybacks (HB 218), … Continue Reading

What’s on the Menu? – Prefiled Tax Bills for the 2015 Louisiana Legislative Session

There are a lot of cooks in the kitchen this year working on Louisiana tax legislation! The Louisiana Legislature convened the 2015 Regular Session at noon on Monday, April 13th. This is a fiscal session, meaning legislation dealing with taxes, exemptions, credits and deductions will be considered. Having reviewed the 290 bills that have been prefiled … Continue Reading

Louisiana Department of Revenue Adopts/Amends Three Tax Regulations and Issues New Revenue Information Bulletin

On March 27th, the Louisiana Department of Revenue issued four policy statements for Louisiana taxpayers. Specifically, the Department has amended the following tax regulations: LAC 61:III.2103 – Voluntary Disclosure Agreements The Department’s voluntary disclosure agreement (VDA) regulation has been amended to clarify the meaning of the phrase “voluntary disclosure agreement” and to set forth the conditions under … Continue Reading

2015 Louisiana Tax Study Recommendations Presented to Louisiana Legislature Today

The 2015 Louisiana Tax Study Group, which was commissioned by the Louisiana Legislature and led by Dr. Jim Richardson, finally presented its much-anticipated report and recommendations today in a joint meeting before the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. The executive summary of the 2015 Louisiana Tax … Continue Reading

Louisiana Governor Offers His Recipe for State Revenue Woes: Alter Refundable Tax Credits

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal today unveiled to lawmakers his new budget proposal for the next fiscal year. As was anticipated, Governor Jindal’s “recipe” for Louisiana’s current revenue and budget woes is, in part, to alter some of the state’s various refundable tax credit programs.  These proposed changes are being suggested by the Governor to help plug a … Continue Reading

Jay Adams Discusses New “Local” Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals and Possible Procedural Traps

In the above video, Jones Walker SALT partner Jay Adams explains a few highlights from recent Louisiana legislation regarding the new “local” Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) available to taxpayers for matters involving local sales/use tax assessments and refund claims, as well as possible new traps for taxpayers relating to appeals of local sales/use tax refund … Continue Reading

Remember to File Your BTA Petitions Before January 1, 2015 For Older “Deemed Denied” Louisiana Local Sales and Use Tax Refund Claims!

ACTION ITEM: Importantly, with regard to all older local sales/use tax refund claims filed on or before July 4, 2013, where the local collector has failed to act on the claim, those pending refund claims must be appealed to the BTA before January 1, 2015. As we noted in a prior post, the Louisiana legislature … Continue Reading

Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2014 – Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Bath Water

Louisiana tax amnesty is back again! Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2014 began today, October 15, 2014, and will be held through November 14, 2014.  This year’s 30-day tax amnesty program offers taxpayers the opportunity to settle tax matters with the Louisiana Department of Revenue by paying 100% of the delinquent taxes.  In return, the Department will … Continue Reading

A New Pot-O-Gold? Louisiana First Circuit Tries to Expand Scope of “Gross Proceeds” in Louisiana Lease Tax Case

Well, I guess in these leaner economic times state and local tax collectors are willing to look for “gold” anywhere! On September 17, 2014, the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal held in the case of Pot-O-Gold Rentals, LLC  v. City of Baton Rouge that a taxpayer’s waste removal services were taxable as part of … Continue Reading

Backstrom and Adams Author Article for Oil & Gas Financial Journal

Bill Backstrom and Jay Adams, both partners in the firm’s Tax & Estates Practice Group in the New Orleans office, published an article in the Oil & Gas Financial Journal. In their article titled, “Energy Companies at Risk of Higher Taxes in Louisiana,” Bill and Jay explain that tax assessors in a number of Louisiana parishes are … Continue Reading
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