Archive for August 22, 2014

RIB 14-017: Louisiana Tax Delinquency Amnesty Act of 2014

Act 822 of the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature authorizes the Louisiana Department of Revenue to institute an amnesty program to collect outstanding tax liabilities except for motor fuel taxes, Prepaid 411 Sales Tax, Oil Field Restoration-Oil, Oil Field Restoration-Gas, Inspection and Supervision Fee and penalties for failure to submit information reports that are not based on an underpayment of tax.

The Department has established a Tax Amnesty Program beginning October 15, 2014 and ending November 14, 2014. Amnesty will be granted only for eligible taxes to eligible taxpayers who apply during the amnesty period and who pay the entire amount of the eligible tax due in lump sum or enter into an installment agreement. The taxpayer shall pay all of the tax due, half of the interest due and all fees and costs, if applicable, for periods designated on the amnesty application.

Taxpayers will not be allowed to use a tax credit from an eligible return as an amnesty credit nor a Financial Management Service (FMS) offset to make the down payment or an installment payment.

Taxpayers who choose an installment agreement instead of a lump sum payment must remit twenty percent of the total amount owed at the time the installment agreement is entered into.  Taxpayers who cannot enter into an agreement to make payment by way of automated electronic transactions shall not be eligible for an installment agreement with the Department. If the final installment payment is not submitted by May 1, 2015, amnesty will not be granted. Any payments made will be treated as if amnesty had not been applied for and the Taxpayer is obligated to pay the entirety of the delinquent tax, interest, penalties and fees. Any payments made will be applied to the oldest outstanding tax period as a regular payment.  The payment will be applied in the following order: tax, penalty and interest. Field Audit and Litigation are not eligible to enter into an installment agreement.

All business taxpayers are required to file returns with the application.

The Secretary reserves the right to require individual taxpayers to file tax returns with the application. If the application is approved, the Secretary shall waive the remaining half of the interest and penalties associated with the tax periods for which amnesty is applied.

Click here to read the full text of RIB 14-017.

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New Orleans woman arrested for tax fraud, attempted theft

Melanie Donsereaux 3101 Rue Parc Fontaine, New Orleans

Melanie Donsereaux
3101 Rue Parc Fontaine, New Orleans

BATON ROUGE – A New Orleans woman faces felony charges connected to a fraudulent state income tax return she filed with the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR).Melanie R. Donsereaux, of 3101 Rue Parc Fontaine in New Orleans, is the 32nd person arrested under a joint anti-tax fraud initiative of the Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s office.

Donsereaux is accused of filing a Louisiana Individual Income Tax return for the 2012 tax year that included a forged W-2 wage and tax statement. LDR intercepted a fraudulent refund in the amount of $894.00 before it was issued.

Donsereaux is a suspected member of a group of criminals using phony W-2s to get fraudulent refunds from the state.

The arrest warrant was issued for Donsereaux in October 2013 after she failed to appear for an interview with LDR investigators. She was arrested on Wednesday, August 20, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of attempted theft and one count of filing or maintaining false public records.

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