Louisiana House speaker proposes centralized sales tax amendment

By David Jacobs | The Center Square

The speaker of the Louisiana House filed legislation Wednesday to streamline state sales tax collection.

The change would require amending the state constitution, meaning at least two-thirds of the members of the state House and Senate and a majority of voters would have to approve the change.

Louisiana is one of only three states without a single state sales tax collector. Business advocates say the decentralized system is difficult to navigate.

Local government officials, however, long have guarded their ability to collect their own sales taxes, saying it was the best way to ensure the money is spent the way local voters and taxpayers want it spent.https://623c93e91e7c300ca0a33ef7e9bfe442.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder filed legislation last year that created a task force to study centralizing sales tax collection. That group proposed creating a statewide entity that would oversee state and local sales tax collections and take over the duties of two existing boards focused on internet sales taxes and resolving disputes between taxing entities.

One of the biggest sticking points for the group, which included representatives of state and local government as well as business, was deciding how the new entity would …. Continue Reading Full Story >>>

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