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Louisiana State Sales Tax Rate Increase, April 2016


 Big Ben. Big news.

Updated 4.30.2016

It’s official: after much discussion, state legislators have agreed to increase the Louisiana state sales tax rate by one percent (1%) on April 1, 2016. The 1% sales tax rate increase will remain in effect through June 30, 2018.

The extra 1% does not apply to many sales transactions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Food for home consumption
  • Installation charges on tangible personal property
  • Natural gas, water and electric (as provided in Article VII, Section 2.2 of the Louisiana Constitution)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Sales to the U.S. government and its agencies
  • Vending machine (coin-operated) sales

See the text of HB 62 Act 26 or Louisiana Department of Revenue Information Bulletin 16-013 for a complete list of goods and services exempt from the additional one-cent sales tax.

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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.