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Businesses Slow to Adopt Sales Tax Rate Change


 Some businesses have been slow to implement a local rate change in Louisiana.

Some businesses in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, have been slow to adopt a new sales tax rate. The rate in many parts of the parish decreased by 1% on November 30, when an airport tax expired. Yet consumers have noticed the extra 1% is still being charged at several area businesses.

Confusion is understandable. The tax increase took effect April 1, 2015 and then expired November 30, 2015. It’s enough to make heads spin.

Nonetheless, “Businesses should really stop [charging the extra 1%] because that tax is not in effect and it’s really overcharging the tax payer,” says Lafayette Parish Director of Sales Tax Stacy Ashy.

If you’ve been overcharged sales tax and would like a refund, present the receipt to the vendor. But be sure to verify that the sale took place in a location with the reduced rate. Rates in Broussard, Youngsville and some other special districts in Lafayette County have higher rates (KATC).

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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.