Archive for January 4, 2010

RIB 09-057 – LDR ceases issuing contractor certifications

The Louisiana Department of Revenue has issued Revenue Information Bulletin (RIB) 09-057, explaining that LDR will no longer issue certify the residency of contractors working in Louisiana.

RIB 09-057:

Effective January 4, 2010, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) Contractor Registration Program will cease issuing new certifications. LDR will no longer certify the residency of contractors performing jobs in Louisiana or issue certificates for jobs performed by nonresident contractors. Nonresident contractors are also no longer required to pay the ten-dollar application fee per contract or post a bond.

Also effective January 4, 2010, resident contractors are no longer required to renew their certifications. Jobs performed by nonresident contractors certified prior to January 1, 2010 should continue to abide by LAC 61:I.4373 relative to nonresident contractors.

Every resident or nonresident contractor performing jobs in Louisiana must register for Louisiana general sales tax in addition to any other applicable taxes, including income or withholding. Proof of registration must be submitted to the permitting office prior to receiving a permit. To register online, visit

For more information, contact the Louisiana Department of Revenue at (225) 219-7318.

A Revenue Information Bulletin (RIB) is issued under the authority of LAC 61:III.101(D). A RIB is an informal statement of information issued for the public and employees that is general in nature. A RIB does not have the force and effect of law and is not binding on the public or the Department.


LDR News Release – Parish simplifies sales taxes

BATON ROUGE – Businesses that collect and remit sales taxes to state and local governments can reduce the time, effort, and paperwork involved by using Parish E-File, a free public service from the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Parish E-File is a web application that provides a secure, convenient method of filing multiple state and parish sales and use tax returns throughout Louisiana. There are no fees associated with its use.

Businesses that operate multiple locations throughout the state will find Parish E-File especially useful. Instead of filing separate paper sales and use tax returns with each local taxing authority, the entire process can be handled from one central location online.

Parish E-File allows business to remit sales tax collections as well.

In 2009, Parish E-File logged an average of 36,550 sales and use tax returns per month and collected more than $800 million in taxes for state and local governments.

For more information, or to register, visit


‘IRS to Boost Oversight of Paid Tax Preparers’

The Wall St. Journal reports the IRS will require the registration and testing of paid tax preparers.

The changes are in response to a six-month IRS study of the tax-preparation industry, and to calls from taxpayer rights’ organizations for stronger oversight of paid tax preparers.

The changes will take several years to implement and will not be in effect for the 2010 filing season, the IRS said.

All paid tax preparers will have to register with the IRS and obtain an identification number, which will be included on any returns they prepare.

Besides passing a competency test, paid preparers will also have to meet continuing education requirements.

The new regulations do not affect lawyers, CPAs, or enrolled agents who are subject to oversight by the bodies that license them.