The House Ways & Means Committee discussed a move toward centralized tax collection at length last week. HB 199 aims to streamline the current process for Louisiana businesses to collect and remit state and local sales taxes. Louisiana is one of only three states without a centralized sales tax collector, meaning companies that do business in multiple jurisdictions must work with multiple collectors.
Through this bill, author Speaker Clay Schexnayder has brought the various stakeholders to the table to create an eight-member sales tax collection commission, with four members appointed by local interests.
At this time, LTA does not see any direct impact on occupancy taxes, but is consulting with legal counsel. We will continue to monitor as the bill moves next to the House Civil Law Committee.
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