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Louisiana Tax Free Shopping in the News

November 3, 2010 Latest News

NPR recently interviewed Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Commission Chairman Eugene Schreiber to discuss his involvment the very first Peace Corps. You can see the entire article here.

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International airport TV show "Airport Alive" show also interviewed Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Director Denise Thevenot to discuss how tax free shopping benefits Louisiana. See the show online here.

Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday, August 6 & 7, 2010

August 3, 2010 Latest News

Annual Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday (August 6-7, 2010)

The 4% sales tax levied by the state of Louisiana shall not apply to the first $2500 of the sales price of any consumer purchases of tangible personal property that occur on August 6-7, 2010. Consumer purchases shall mean purchases of items of tangible personal property other than vehicles subject to license & title and meals furnished for consumption on the premises where purchased, including to-go orders.

The St. Charles Parish Council and the St. Charles Parish School Board passed a resolutions to suspend local sales tax on August 6 and 7. The local sales tax in St. Charles parish is 5%. St. Charles parish is the only parish in Louisiana that is participating in the sales tax holiday.

Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday, August 6 & 7, 2010

August 3, 2010 Latest News

Annual Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday (August 6-7, 2010)

The 4% sales tax levied by the state of Louisiana shall not apply to the first $2500 of the sales price of any consumer purchases of tangible personal property that occur on August 6-7, 2010. Consumer purchases shall mean purchases of items of tangible personal property other than vehicles subject to license & title and meals furnished for consumption on the premises where purchased, including to-go orders.

The St. Charles Parish Council and the St. Charles Parish School Board passed a resolutions to suspend local sales tax on August 6 and 7. The local sales tax in St. Charles parish is 5%. St. Charles parish is the only parish in Louisiana that is participating in the sales tax holiday.

Press Release from Louisiana Department of Revenue - Tax Deduction for school tuition and more

July 23, 2010 Latest News

LDR News Release – Louisiana School Tuition and Expense Tax Deduction in effect for 2010-2011 school year

Louisiana families are reminded to retain receipts as documentation for back-to-school items that might be eligible for the Louisiana School Tuition and Expense Tax Deduction.

The deduction applies to 50 percent of the cost of eligible items, up to $5,000 per student.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Elementary and secondary school tuition
  • Purchases of school uniforms required by the school for general day-to-day use.
  • Purchases of textbooks, curricula, or other instructional materials required by the school.
  • Purchases of school supplies required by the school

Homeschooling expenses are eligible as well.

In order to claim the deduction, you must be able to claim the student as a dependent on your Louisiana Individual Income Tax Return.

Deductions for eligible expenses paid during 2010 can be claimed on state tax returns due by May 16, 2011.

More information is available at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/schooldeduction.

Press Release

July 20, 2010 Latest News

POST KATRINA - INTERNATIONAL VISITORS ARE ONCE AGAIN CHOOSING NEW ORLEANS AS A SHOPPING DESTINATION

From January through June of 2010, the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Program recorded over $15 million in eligible purchases made by international visitors shopping in Louisiana.  This data indicates an increase of over $2 million when compared to January through June of 2004, the year before Hurricane Katrina.  2009 also showed a very strong growth in international shoppers, when spending increased from $16 million in 2008 to $19 million in 2009.

The Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Program tracks the number of international visitors serviced, as well as the dollar amount spent on tax-free shopping purchases.  Visitors receive a sales tax refund on shopping they do throughout the state at participating merchants, however, not on services used such as hotel stay, car rental, restaurants etc. 

An economic impact study conducted by U.N.O in 2008 concluded that the overall impact of the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Program was $45.1 million in 2007. 

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, Coach, and many more. Tax Free members also include manufacturer outlets, other department stores, jewelry stores, art and antique dealers, computer and electrical appliance stores, as well as hundreds of smaller specialty shops throughout the state.

Since 1989, the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Program has serviced over 600,000 international visitors and recorded over $500 million in international tax-free sales.  The LTFS Program allows international tourists the opportunity to shop at over 800 stores throughout the state and apply for a tax refund IN CASH at any of our five refund centers. 

After suffering setbacks from the lack of tourism following Hurricane Katrina, LTFS has once again hit its stride under the leadership of Executive Director Denise Thevenot, who stated, “We are finally seeing our Latin American tourists return to Louisiana to shop.  Since January, Brazil posted the highest number of visitors utilizing the program, spending $2.2 million on tax-free shopping sales.”