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Tax Facts Vol. 19, No. 4

Tax Facts Index

TAX FACTS NEWSLETTER

East Baton Rouge Parish

Department of Finance

Volume 19,  No. 4

October 2008

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH "LOCAL" SALES/USE TAX
FILING EXTENSIONS ASSOCIATED WITH
HURRICANE GUSTAV

Baton Rouge area businesses, as well as governmental entities in the area, were all directly affected by Hurricane Gustav. The governmental entities in East Baton Rouge Parish are determined to provide the essential governmental services for the citizens of this community. The Fire, Police, Public Works, and School Systems in the Parish are all supported by the monthly sales tax remittances. We are asking all businesses that are capable to make a determined effort to remit their taxes timely. Timely remittances ensure that these governmental entities can continue to provide needed services. For those businesses that cannot file timely because of this hurricane, we are offering an extension.

East Baton Rouge Parish governmental entities are granting a sales/use tax filing and payment extension to those taxpayers whose business or tax preparer is located in any of the “disaster areas” declared by President Bush due to Hurricane Gustav. The extension is available for local sales/use tax collected in August 2008, due on September 1, 2008, and considered delinquent after September 20, 2008. The delinquent date for these taxes has been extended through October 15, 2008.

The Parish Sales/Use Tax Administrator will not assess late penalties and interest that would otherwise apply during this period. Any return or amount on which penalty or interest began accruing for prior period tax returns (returns due before September 20, 2008) will not be eligible for this relief.

When filing a tax return that qualifies for this extension, taxpayers should write the words “Hurricane Gustav” in black ink on the top of the return.

The tax return filing extensions apply only to those taxpayers and businesses located in any of the “disaster areas” declared by President Bush.

Please note that these terms can only be directly applied to paper returns filed with this office. Taxpayers in the qualified areas are urged to file paper returns after September 20, 2008, for August 2008 returns. Any returns filed electronically will be assessed interest and penalties after September 20, 2008. Qualified taxpayers should contact the Revenue Division if they are erroneously assessed interest and penalties.

We appreciate your cooperation with this issue and ask that you please file timely if possible. Any questions can be addressed to the Finance Department/Revenue Division at 225-389-3084.

Need a Sales Tax Reporting Form?

Local sales and use tax reporting forms can be printed from our website at www.brgov.com/dept/finance/pdf/salestaxform-jpi.pdf.

Sales Tax Due Dates

Following are the sales tax due dates for the fourth quarter of 2008:

For the Month of Tax Due Date Delinquent
Date
October November 1 November 21
November December 1 December 22
December January 1 January 21

Need help?

Taxpayers may contact the Revenue Division by phone or fax to receive assistance between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Taxpayer Assistance: (225) 389-3084
Fax Number: (225) 389-5369

Department of Finance - Revenue Division
222 St. Louis Street
Governmental Building - Room 404
Baton Rouge, LA  70802

Remember to mail your return early!  Returns bearing a U.S. postmark on or after the above delinquent dates will be assessed penalty, interest, and loss of vendor's compensation.

Taxpayer Topics

The Tax Facts Newsletter is issued quarterly by the Finance Department-Revenue Division. Our mission is to provide taxpayers with information concerning developments and policies regarding the collection of local sales and use taxes within East Baton Rouge Parish. The Revenue Division invites any suggestions, questions or comments that you would like addressed in future issues of Tax Facts. Please send these items to:

City of Baton Rouge -
Parish of East Baton Rouge
Department of Finance
P. O. Box 2590
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2590
Attention: Steve Thomas
or send us an e-mail

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