Louisiana Collecting More Sales Taxes From Online Purchases


Louisiana’s sales tax collections from internet purchases are growing, even though the system still involves out-of-state retailers voluntarily remitting taxes for online product sales.The state revenue department told a legislative commission that Louisiana received $740,000 in sales tax collections from large out-of-state companies for online sales from July to September. That doubled to $1.4 million during the October to December quarter, said Luke Morris, assistant secretary at the department.”More remote sellers are voluntarily complying,” Morris told the panel. “The collections are steadily increasing.” Voluntary remittances of sales tax have grown since a June ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for states to require the tax collections for online purchases from retailers who didn’t have a physical presence like a store or distribution center in a state.

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By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press
Apr 7, 2019