LDR announces dates for LA Tax Amnesty
This year, the Louisiana Legislature instituted a statewide amnesty program for all Louisiana taxpayers as a way to bring current any delinquent taxes with the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR). LA Tax Amnesty 2013: A Fresh Start will officially begin on Sept. 23, 2013 and will end on Nov. 22, 2013.
During this two-month time period, Louisiana taxpayers will be able to officially apply for tax amnesty and submit payment for all tax periods that are outstanding.
All taxpayers who qualify for the Fresh Start program will receive a letter from the Secretary of Revenue accompanied by a voucher showing tax periods and amounts owed with all necessary account numbers to expedite payment to LDR by Nov. 22, 2013. Upon receipt, electronic application and payment will be the fastest and most efficient way to clear all accounts with LDR. Should taxpayers decide to pay via check, they will be able to simply mail in the voucher with their full payment.
Tim Barfield, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue, says this is a time for all Louisiana taxpayers to get a fresh start with their taxes, adding that the department has worked hard to make this process very simple and easy to use. The fastest way to get all the information needed to move through the process is to access the website and follow the prompts. This process is specifically designed to clear taxpayer accounts quickly.
If a taxpayer needs help at any point in the process, assistance is available.
The website for LA Tax Amnesty 2013: A Fresh Start is www.ldrtaxamnesty.com.
The current website is for informational purposes only. All current information on the website will better help prepare taxpayers to participate in the amnesty program.
A more enhanced website will be released by Secretary Barfield at the Baton Rouge Press Club on Sept. 9, 2013 in preparation for the formal launch on Sept. 23, 2013.
The following taxes and tax periods are included in the amnesty program:
• The tax amnesty program shall apply to all taxes administered by the department except for motor fuel taxes and penalties for failure to submit information reports that are not based on an underpayment of tax.
• Taxes due prior to Jan. 1, 2013, for which the department has issued an individual or a business proposed assessment, notice of assessment, bill, notice, or demand for payment not later than May 31, 2013;
• Taxes for taxable periods that began before Jan. 1, 2013.
A taxpayer is eligible for amnesty under any of the following circumstances:
• The taxpayer has received a notice for the failure to timely file a return or for the failure to remit the amount owed;
• The taxpayer has an outstanding tax liability but has never filed a Louisiana return; or has not been billed by the department;
• A lien has been issued against the taxpayer’s property;
• LDR has initiated proceedings under assessment and distraint procedures;
• LDR has entered into an installment agreement with the taxpayer;
• The taxpayer has filed for bankruptcy protection; is involved in a field audit; or is involved in litigation;
• The taxpayer’s liability consists of interest and penalty; of interest only; or of penalty only.
The following are not eligible for the Fresh Start program:
• Taxpayers who are a party to any criminal investigation or criminal litigation, in any court of the United States or the State of Louisiana pending on Aug. 1, 2013, for nonpayment, delinquency, or fraud in relation to any state tax imposed by a law of the State of Louisiana and administered by the department, are not eligible for amnesty.
• Taxpayers who deliver or disclose any false or fraudulent application, document, return, or other statement to the department in connection with an amnesty application shall be ineligible for amnesty and shall be subject to penalties of fraud.
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