Archive for June, 2015

LDR reminds vendors about sales tax collections at special events, including 4th of July

BATON ROUGE – As the state enters its festive summer period, agents of the Louisiana Department of Revenue are reminding vendors that they conduct on-site enforcement of the state’s sales tax laws with vendors at special events such as fairs, festivals, craft shows and trade shows, the department announced Tuesday.

“Louisiana law requires all businesses and individuals making retails sales in the state to collect and remit sales taxes,” Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield said. “This enforcement action helps to ensure that vendors at special events don’t enjoy an unfair competitive advantage over other local businesses.”

Louisiana hosts more than 400 festivals each year.  A “vendor” is defined as any person or entity selling merchandise or providing a taxable service. This includes sellers, promoters, exhibitors and booth owners.

Taxable products and services include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepared food
  • Clothing
  • Arts & crafts
  • Event admissions

All special event retailers must have a Louisiana sales tax account. They must collect sales taxes from their customers, and must remit those taxes to state and local taxing authorities. Violators are subject to fines, penalties, interest, and possible civil litigation or criminal prosecution.

Vendors needing to register for a sales tax account should visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/specialevents.

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Prairieville woman arrested for tax fraud, theft

Heather Dixon

Heather Dixon

BATON ROUGE – A Prairieville woman faces dozens of felony charges for a criminal scheme that yielded tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent state income tax refunds.

Heather Dixon (Booking Photo), of 14303 Bluff Lakes Drive in Prairieville, is accused of filing false Louisiana individual income tax returns on behalf of herself and her husband with inflated income and withholding data. She and her husband, Tyler Torres, received more than $80,000 in fraudulent refunds. With penalties and interest, the amount owed the state is $135,072.66.

Dixon was arrested on Thursday, June 25, 2015, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on 20 counts of computer fraud, 20 counts of filing or maintaining false public records, one count of criminal penalty for evasion of tax, and one count of theft in the amount of $81,591.58. She is the 44th person arrested under a joint anti-tax fraud initiative of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s office.

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