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Tax Relief in Louisiana

Louisiana MapWhen looking at how Louisiana ranks with respect to individual tax, the state tends to fare well. Louisiana’s personal income tax ranks 21st highest among the fifty states, with a top rate of 6%. The total average of state and local income taxes collected per capita, $527, puts the state in 12th lowest place nationwide. Additionally, with an average of $776 collected in property taxes per resident, Louisiana is 8th lowest among all fifty states.

Even when looking at federal income tax, Louisiana is below the national average. Residents typically pay approximately $9,701 yearly in federal income taxes, $2,000 less than the national average.

However, with the lowest median household income in the nation and one of the highest rates of decline in that household income - $39,622 and 19.75%, respectively - Louisiana faces significant challenges with respect to personal tax debt and delinquency. Any unexpected reduction in income - job loss, medical expenses, and so on - can result in residents finding themselves behind in meeting tax obligations. Understandably, if faced with choosing between feeding their families (or paying the mortgage/rent, or putting gas in the car to get to work) and putting money into savings to pay Uncle Sam, most people will choose to meet the immediate needs and hope for the best later. Of course, this more often than not results in delinquent tax bills. However, more individuals in Louisiana are availing themselves of one power strategy for addressing those challenges: tax relief.

Tax relief companies work with their clients to analyze their individual financial circumstances, and in many instances can help them to significantly reduce their tax debt. An expert tax relief company has access to a wide variety of tools that can be used in their clients’ benefit: installment agreements, investigation of tax levies and liens, and audit representation and reconsideration, to name a few.


Louisiana Tax Preparer Gets 3 Years for Filing False Returns

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Louisiana tax preparer has been sentenced to three years for filing false tax returns. U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph, in a news release, said U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hi...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 15:20:00 GMT

L.A. Unified School District wisely cools its heels on a parcel tax

As difficult as the school district's finances are, the Los Angeles Unified school board made the right call when it decided not to put a parcel tax on the November ballot. This year may not be the ti...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 11:05:00 GMT

Louisiana, Tennessee in close contest for highest sales tax rate

After two years of carrying the highest average sales tax rate in the country, Louisiana has a shot of losing that title to Tennessee, though the two states are expected to have rates that are virtual...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 17:01:00 GMT

Louisiana Legislature Partially Extends Sales Tax Hike, Fate of Online Sales Tax Still Uncertain

The Louisiana legislature partially renewed the state's sales tax to 4.45 percent at the end of June after holding a special legislative session to address the state's expected revenue shortfall for f...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:41:00 GMT

Our Views: Louisiana needs to fix convoluted sales tax system to benefit consumers, businesses

Counting the things that the recently adjourned Louisiana Legislature failed to do can be a long list, but even where the financial crisis over the last 2½ years forced changes, lawmakers were relucta...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 18:59:00 GMT

Not So Fast: Louisiana State and Local Sales Taxes in a Post-Wayfair World

As word spread about the Supreme Court's opinion in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., Dkt. No. 17-494, 485 U.S. (June 21, 2018), tax administrators around the country popped open bottles of champagne and ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:46:00 GMT

Tax loophole from 1960s could let the wealthy use lower corporate rate for themselves

An obscure tax provision from the 1960s that was left untouched by President Trump's overhaul could let wealthy individual investors seize for themselves the largest corporate tax cut in U.S. history. ...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:40:00 GMT

Louisiana Looks at Software to Help Collect Internet Tax Dollars

(TNS) - Louisiana consumers should get another Christmas where taxes aren't collected on many internet purchases. But after the beginning of the new year, the state hopes to charge taxes for all direc...

Published:  Fri, 06 Jul 2018 16:22:00 GMT

What the Supreme Court decision on online sales tax means for Louisiana

In its recent ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 26-year-old precedent and gave states broad authority to collect sales tax on online purchases. Here's what yo...

Published:  Mon, 02 Jul 2018 03:04:00 GMT

Why Louisiana is moving in right direction despite high sales tax rate, convoluted system

First, the good news for consumers in Louisiana: Since July 1, you've been paying slightly lower sales taxes than you had been for the past two-plus years. Businesses also have reason to cheer: The st...

Published:  Sun, 08 Jul 2018 09:34:00 GMT

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