Did you know Louisiana was the first state in the U.S. to offer sales tax refunds to international visitors?! This means: International visitors to the state of Louisiana are finding a shopping paradise in Louisiana – providing a sales tax refund for international shoppers on purchases made at over 1,500 stores
Not to be confused with “duty free” shops at international departure terminals in airports, “Louisiana Tax Free Shopping” is available at well known retail stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Best Buy, Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Gucci, The Gap, Sears, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Coach, etc. Tax Free stores also include manufacturer outlets, other department stores, jewelry stores, art and antique stores, computers and electrical appliances, as well as hundreds of smaller specialty shops throughout the state. Most of the major shopping centers in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge area are tax-free zones.
The sales tax refund is provided on tangible items purchased at tax-free stores and permanently removed from the United States. There is no refund for sales taxes paid for personal services, such as: hotels, restaurants, entertainment and transportation.
When making a purchase and showing a foreign passport or current official picture identification, the international visitor pays the purchase price, including the sales tax, and is given a voucher, along with the associated sales receipt or invoice. To obtain the refund at the “Refund Center” in the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Downtown Refund Center located in The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk next to the Convention Center, Macy's in Lakeside Shopping Center,Louisiana Boardwalk in Shreveport, Macy's in the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge or Dillard's in Acadiana Mall in Lafayette, you must present all vouchers and corresponding sales receipts, passport and international travel ticket. The refund is paid is US currency up to $500. Checks are issued on refunds over $500. Refunds can also be obtained by mail.
Save money! Shop Louisiana Tax Free!
Public records requests should be sent to the Louisiana Department of Revenue.
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