Louisiana Tax Free Shopping opens temporary refund centers in Downtown New Orleans
New Orleans – International visitors to Louisiana will enjoy the convenience of two tax free shopping redemption centers within the Downtown New Orleans Area to serve as temporary locations until the Outlets at Riverwalk reopens. These centers will process the paperwork for eligible shoppers to receive cash refunds for sales taxes under the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Program for International Visitors (LTFS).
In June, the Riverwalk Marketplace closed temporarily to begin construction on The Outlets at Riverwalk, a new outlet mall to replace the current marketplace. The Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Redemption Center located within the Marketplace was then required to close as well. In an attempt to provide a more stream-lined process for international visitors, LTFS has partnered with the New Orleans Convention Center and the Port of New Orleans to house temporary refund centers until The Outlets at Riverwalk opens in the second quarter of 2014. The two locations are:
The Ernest Morial New Orleans Convention Center Redemption Center which will be open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. and will be located at the ticket counter OUTSIDE of hall A
Opens November 12th
The Port of New Orleans Redemption Center which will be open on Saturday and Sundays from
10:00 a. m. – 3:00 p.m located at the Erato terminal.
Opens November 23rd
“Retail shopping is one of the top activities for international visitors coming to Louisiana,” said Steven Windham, Chairman of the LTFS Commission. “We’re excited to partner with the Ernest Morial New Orleans Convention Center and the Port of New Orleans to provide our customers with another alternative for obtaining a refund while The Outlets at Riverwalk refund center is closed due to construction in that mall.
The LTFS Program provides international visitors with an exemption from sales taxes for most retail purchases. In order to be eligible for the program, a visitor must be travelling on a foreign passport with a current U.S. tourist visa and be staying in the country for less than 90 days. Established in 1989, the LTFS Program has assisted over 600,000 international visitors spending over $500 million dollars while shopping in Louisiana.