Tax amnesty begins Sept. 1

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – The 2009 Louisiana Tax Amnesty Program begins Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 31.

The program is an opportunity for taxpayers to settle account balances, overdue audit assessments and certain tax disputes with no penalties and only half of the interest on what they owe.

“This is a two-month window of opportunity to settle accounts in a manner that is advantageous for taxpayers and for the State of Louisiana,” said Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges. “Taxpayers who have fallen behind on their obligations have a chance to bring their accounts up to date, and the state has a chance to collect much-needed revenue.”

The 2009 Louisiana Tax Amnesty Program applies to resident and non-resident individuals, and in-state and multi-state businesses.

Tax amnesty can be applied to:

• All taxes administered and collected by LDR, except for motor fuel taxes;

• Taxes that became due on or after July 1, 2001 and before January 1, 2009;

• Taxes due prior to January 1, 2009 for which LDR has issued a billing notice or demand for payment on or after July 1, 2001 and before May 31, 2009;

• Taxes for which the taxpayer and LDR have entered into an agreement to suspend the running of prescription until December 31, 2009;

• Taxes due on or before July 1, 2009, but were ineligible for an earlier amnesty program due to civil litigation.

A taxpayer qualifies for amnesty:

• If they failed to file a tax return or report;

• If they failed to report all income or all tax, interest and penalties that were due;

• If they claimed incorrect credits or deductions;

• If they misrepresented or omitted any tax due;

• If they are under audit or in administrative or judicial litigation.

During the two-month amnesty window of opportunity, eligible taxpayers can submit applications and make payments online.

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