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Governor Jindal Urges Hunters, Campers to Take Advantage of 2011 2nd Amendment Tax Holiday

BATON ROUGE – Governor Bobby Jindal urges hunters and campers to take advantage of the 2011 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday that runs Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4.

Governor Jindal said, “This is a great opportunity for all hunters and campers to save money on the equipment they need to enjoy Sportsman’s Paradise. The weekend-long event will also bring more customers to our local hunting and sporting stores which will further benefit our businesses and Louisiana’s economy.”

A wide range of supplies is eligible for exemption from all state and local sales taxes.  Eligible items include:

  • Shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers or other handguns
  • Ammunition intended to be fired from a gun or firearm
  • Accessories designed to be used for hunting
  • Apparel such as safety gear, camouflage clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, face masks and thermal underwear for use while hunting
  • Off-road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles designed for hunting.  The exemption does not apply to golf carts, bikes, motorcycles, tractors, or motor vehicles which may be legally driven on highways

In 2009, Governor Jindal signed a bill into law authorizing an annual “sales tax holiday” for the purchase of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies

Visit revenue.louisiana.gov/secondamendment for more information including the full list of eligible items and special provisions of this sales tax holiday.

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IRS: Tax-related scams popping up around Louisiana

The IRS is warning Louisiana taxpayers of scams targeting churches around the country. The Times-Picayune reports:

The fliers increasingly popping up around many community churches seem harmless enough. They are handwritten, include a first name and local phone number, and offer exactly what any taxpayer would want: more money back on your tax returns.

But as unsuspicious as the flier may seem, following up on the enticement could leave your bank account and your identity vulnerable to theft.

The Internal Revenue Service has seen an increase in these types of tax-return-related scams targeting church congregations across the country, especially in Louisiana.

The way the scam works is simple: An unsuspecting taxpayer calls the phone number on the flier, seeking help with filing tax returns. The scam artist then solicits the caller’s Social Security number, and in many cases, bank account and credit card numbers, giving them all the information necessary to steal the caller’s money and identity.

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2011 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday

 

Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/secondamendment for information.

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