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Louisiana’s First Cultural Shopping Trail Launched by the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Commission...Continue Reading


NATCHITOCHES – Louisiana Tax Free Shopping for International Visitors (LTFS) announced today the creation of the Louisiana Cultural Shopping Trail.  The trail will be launched by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser on Saturday, November 18 in Natchitoches, in conjunction with the launch of the 2017 Holiday Trail of Lights.


“This is a chance to promote cultural and local shopping to Louisiana’s out-of-state visitors,” said LTFS Executive Director Denise Thevenot.  ”The shopping trail provides an opportunity for visitors driving through our state to get off the highway and discover Louisiana’s unique retail experiences.” 


The trails offer something for all visitors, from antique or boutique shopping to viewing our culture through locally hand-crafted goods, tasting and sharing our culinary delights or gearing up for one of our many outdoor adventures.


Visitors can use the interactive Louisiana Cultural Shopping Trail online map to plan their activities, from outlet shopping in north Louisiana, to the Front Street Marketplace on Natchitoches’ river bank, to the charming cottage boutiques in Covington’s historic district.


“The Cultural Shopping Trail allows local businesses to draw in both locals and visitors from around the world to see all they have to offer,” said Lt. Governor Nungesser. “Louisiana is known for its music, food and culture. That culture includes the antique shops in small towns to the outdoor specialty shops that sell gear to get you ready for the Sportsman’s Paradise and the Cajun villages that allow you to take home a piece of Louisiana.”


Stores do not have to be members of the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping program to participate in the shopping trail.


Louisiana Tax Free Shopping
offers international visitors to the state the opportunity to receive cash refunds for sales taxes paid on tangible items purchased at participating tax-free stores and permanently removed from the United States.  Visitors can apply for refunds at six locations throughout the state, including New Orleans, Metairie, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Bossier City, and Louis Armstrong International Airport. For more information:



Deadline to submit supporting documentation for solar energy tax credits is November 1...Continue Reading


BATON ROUGE – The final deadline is approaching for taxpayers to submit supporting documentation to claim the state’s tax credit for residential solar energy systems. Homeowners who received notification from the Louisiana Department of Revenue that their claims require additional supporting documentation have until November 1 to submit it, or their claims will be denied.


The department has sent two follow-up letters and placed phone calls to every homeowner who still has not submitted the required documentation.


The deadline applies to taxpayers who purchased qualifying systems and submitted their initial claims on or before August 31, 2017. Taxpayers who received the notification should follow the instructions in the letters they received from the Department of Revenue.


Baton Rouge businessman arrested for tax fraud, failing to provide unemployment insurance for employees...Continue Reading


BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge businessman faces felony charges for failing to withhold and remit state income taxes and failing to obtain unemployment insurance for employees of his auto dealership and repair business.


Fares Khalad Ahmad Alsalameh (Booking Photo) is suspected of misclassifying employees as contract workers. Investigators spent several days observing the activities of employees at Fares Motor Company and Factory Engine Exchange at 4520 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge. Their activities were consistent with that of employees, rather than that of contract workers. According to the arrest warrant, “it was clear that these workers all came in at the same time each day, had lunch similarly and left for the day at the same time consistently. One worker even opened the businesses each day with a key and opened auto bays in preparation for service to the public.”


In interviews with investigators, workers admitted that they are employees who work at the direction of Alsalameh, are paid in cash or by check, and have never had a written or oral contract.


Louisiana Department of Revenue records show that Alsalameh has never opened a withholding tax account for the business, and information from the Louisiana Workforce Commission indicates his employees are not covered by worker’s compensation insurance.


Alsalameh was arrested on Monday, October 2, 2017, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Criminal Penalty for Failing to Account for State Tax Monies, Criminal Penalty for Evasion of Tax and Willful Failure to Provide Worker’s Compensation Insurance.


Alsalameh is the 70th person arrested under a joint anti-tax fraud initiative of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s Office. The Louisiana Workforce Commission participated in this investigation.



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