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Changes to the Solar Credit for Louisiana Taxpayers

May 5, 2016

The Regular Legislative Session made several changes to the solar credit as described in Act 131. Act 131 repealed the eligibility of numerous types of systems, including but not limited to solar thermal systems and solar air conditioning systems, and imposed a requirement that the solar energy system be installed on the homeowner’s primary residence. […]

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Vapor Excise Taxes in Louisiana

April 27, 2016

The sale of vapor products grew by 23 percent in 2014, and some project that vapor products will surpass traditional cigarettes in consumption over the next decade. This leaves policymakers with the challenge of determining exactly how or whether these emerging products should be taxed.In the 2015 legislative session, at least 25 states and the […]

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Changes to Tax Status of Non-Profits

April 20, 2016

A number of changes were made during the Special Session under Act 25 and 26 to the tax status of non-profit organizations in Louisiana. These changes to sales taxes are of particular concern because non-profits must now collect sales tax for items which were previously tax-exempt. Effective April 1, 2016, various events sponsored by domestic […]

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2016 Tax Deadlines

April 5, 2016

This year, the tax deadline falls on April 18, 2016. That’s the deadline to file personal tax returns (such as Form 1040) with the Internal Revenue Service. Normally, the deadline is April 15th. But this year, April 15th is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. Under a special rule, whenever the […]

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Update: Important Changes To Sales and Corporate Taxes

March 23, 2016

Louisiana recently passed significant changes affecting the application of sales and use tax. These changes go into effect April 1, 2016 and remain in effect for 18 months, ending after June 30, 2018. The temporary taxes include a 1% increase to Louisiana’s 4% sales tax and the lessening of many sales tax exemptions. Louisiana’s state-level […]

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Don’t Make These Costly Tax Mistakes

March 16, 2016

About half of the nation’s taxpayers do their own taxes because they think it will save them money. The truth is that do-it-yourselfers often leave money on the table because they don’t fully understand tax law and miss many opportunities to lower their overall tax bill. From choosing the wrong filing status to not itemizing, […]

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Tax Advice for Couples

March 15, 2016

Married couples can choose to file jointly or separately but there are considerations for both approaches. When filing separately, both taxpayers have to agree to do so, and both have to agree to either itemize deductions on Schedule A or claim the standard deduction. More couples are choosing to file jointly due to tax-law changes […]

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Fresh Start For Taxpayers Who Owe Back Taxes

March 9, 2016

Do you owe back taxes to the IRS? If so, there is a program called Fresh Start that can help you get caught up and get out of trouble with the IRS. The most important first step is to file NOW and let us help you get the process started. Every year you avoid filing, […]

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Prevent Tax Refund Fraud By Filing Early

March 1, 2016

The IRS said last Friday that the number of taxpayers whose tax information may have been stolen by computer hackers since 2014 is at least 724,000 — more than double the agency’s previous estimate. The number is more than double the figures the IRS released in August 2015, when it said some 334,000 taxpayers had […]

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