Parish E-File, online sales tax collection portal, passes $3 billion benchmark

BATON ROUGE – Parish, The Louisiana Department of Revenue’s electronic filing service for state and local sales taxes, has collected $3.3 billion in revenues.

Parish, launched in August of 2008, provides businesses with a fast, convenient, secure way to file and remit sales taxes from one centralized site at no cost.  It is a free public service from the Department of Revenue.

For the quarterly tax period ending September 30, 2011, nearly 16,000 individual businesses used Parish E-File to file and remit state and local sales taxes.

“We are pleased to see so many business owners taking advantage of Parish E-File,” said Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges.  “As Benjamin Franklin said, ‘time is money.’  Parish E-File saves time and money for businesses and for the state and local governments who collect sales taxes.”

The following returns can be filed and paid on Parish

  • Sales and use tax for all parishes (except Cameron)
  • Sales and use tax for the State of Louisiana
  • Hotel-Motel and occupancy tax for some parishes
  • Prepaid Wireless 911 Service charge

For more information, or to register and begin using Parish E-File, visit


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Parish is a free, secure web application that allows businesses to file multiple parish sales & use tax returns and remittances to the state and to local taxing authorities throughout Louisiana from one online location.

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Parish E-File collects $1 billion in sales taxes electronically for state and local governments

BATON ROUGE – Parish, the Louisiana Department of Revenue’s online sales tax collection service, has collected more than $1 billion in state and local sales and use taxes, the agency reported Wednesday.  Parish ( is a free web application that allows businesses to file sales and use tax returns and remit taxes entirely online. 

“Making the sales and use tax process more business-friendly was the main reason for our investment in developing Parish E-File,” said Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges.  “The ability to file returns and remit taxes through this secure, easy to use online portal saves time and money for business owners.”

Parish is especially useful for businesses that operate in multiple locations throughout the state.  Instead of filing monthly paper returns in every parish where they do business, they can handle the entire sales tax process with the click of a mouse.

“It has made paperwork a lot easier,” said Steve Lambousy, Chief Financial Officer of Shop Rite, Inc., which operates 39 stores in 15 parishes.  “We pay hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in sales taxes, and Parish E-File reduces errors and makes it easier to track payments.  It’s nice not having to file paper returns in local jurisdictions around the state anymore.”

Since its launch in August, 2008, through February, 2010, Parish collected $1,067,268,979 for the State of Louisiana and for local taxing authorities throughout the state.  The state received nearly $240 million of the total, with nearly $830 million remitted to parish and local governments.

Parish is a collaborative effort of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and its community partners, including:

  • Louisiana Municipal Association
  • Police Jury Association of Louisiana
  • Louisiana School Boards Association
  • Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants
  • Louisiana Association of Tax Administrators
  • Louisiana Retailers Association
  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

Act 73 of the 2003 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature enabled the creation of a uniform electronic local return and remittance system for sales and use taxes.




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