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Certain Louisiana Localities May Raise Sales Tax


 Certain Louisiana parishes may soon get more sales tax revenue.

Louisiana has a new law that “authorizes certain parishes and school boards to levy a one-half cent sales tax,” effective August 1, 2013.

What makes a parish eligible?

To qualify, parishes must:

  • Be governed by a home rule charter; and
  • Have a population between 115,000 and 125,000 (according to the latest federal decennial census).

Any new one-half cent sales tax would be “in addition to the taxes authorized by R.S. 47:338.54 and other law.” Voter approval is required.

What makes a school board eligible?

School boards may levy an additional sales and use tax if the population of the parish is between 22,000 and 422,800 (according to the latest federal decennial census). Any additional sales and use tax may not exceed one percent “within the territorial jurisdiction of the parish.”

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.