Louisiana tax amnesty program reaches $200 million goal

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE – The 2013 Louisiana Tax Amnesty program that concluded on Friday has reached its goal of $200 million in collections.

“We expect that number to grow as we receive and process applications and payments submitted in the final days and hours of the amnesty program,” Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield.

LA Tax Amnesty 2013: A Fresh Start offered noncompliant taxpayers an opportunity to settle their accounts with the state by paying all taxes due, with a waiver of all penalties and 50 percent of the interest.

Eligible taxpayers could apply for amnesty online, by mail, or in person at Department of Revenue offices. Applications submitted by mail are valid as long as they were postmarked no later than Friday, Nov. 22. As those applications and payments are received and processed, the amnesty total is expected to increase.