Louisiana Taxes

Louisiana Tax Guide

This is a brief summary which gives details of the various aspects of taxation in the state of Louisiana.

Louisiana Income Tax

  • In Louisiana, there are three basic slabs under which income tax is collected and the rates are 2%, 4% and 6% respectively.
  • The above mentioned slabs are based on the total annual income earned by the taxpayer. For example for the first $12,500, the tax rate is 2% and so on.
  • For married taxpayers, the rate remains the same but the income bracket becomes double than that for a single taxpayer.
  • The annual income tax returns are due on the 15th of May each year and must be filed by submitting the form IT-540.

Louisiana Sales Tax

  • The total sales tax levied in Louisiana is 4% which is broken up into 3.97% as Louisiana sales tax and the remaining 0.03% as Louisiana Tourism Promotion District sales tax.
  • Individual counties also have their own tax structure.
  • There is also a tax know as “use tax” which is levied at the rate of 8% which is applicable for any goods purchased outside the state of Louisiana.

Louisiana Property Tax

  • The jurisdiction of property tax in Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes and 7 municipal districts and it is collected at a local level.
  • The property owner should file a property tax return on or before the 1st of April each year or within 45 days of receiving the return form, whichever day falls later. The information given by the property owner will be pertaining to values as on the 1st of January.
  • Any property which is subject to taxation on the basis of ad valorem is listed in the records and will be taxed on the current market value with some exemptions and deductions.
  • There is a homestead tax exemption offered by the state which is valid on an individual’s primary residence for the first $7,500. Regular municipal taxes will however apply.

Louisiana Estate and Inheritance Taxes

  • Inheritance tax is collected by the state of Louisiana. The amount is based on the how much each heir receives.
  • Applicable tax rates are then applied to the taxable amount. These rates are based on the relation of the deceased to the heir.

Louisiana Other Tax Information

  • The Louisiana Department of Revenue offers free internet filling.
  • Taxpayers can check their refund status online.
  • Suspected tax fraud cases can also be reported online by taxpayers.

Louisiana IT-540 Income Tax Forms

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

Where to Mail FEDERAL IRS Tax Forms Within Louisiana:

IRS Form If you ARE NOT Enclosing a Payment, Use This Address: If you ARE Enclosing Payment, Use This Address:
1040: Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0002
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 1214
Charlotte, NC 28201-1214
1040A: Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0015
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 1214
Charlotte, NC 28201-1214
1040EZ: Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0014
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 1214
Charlotte, NC 28201-1214

Louisiana Tax Help

(225) 219-0102

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1-888-829-3071

Collections:
(225) 219-7448

Forms Requests:
(225) 219-2113