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Metairie business owner arrested, suspected of pocketing state sales taxes...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – A Metairie man faces felony charges for an alleged fraud scheme that cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales taxes.

 

Investigators say Melvin J. Ziegler, Jr. (Booking Photo), owner of Cash Control Systems, LLC, failed to remit an estimated $121,396 in state sales taxes that he collected on equipment sales between Jan. 2011 and Sept. 2015. According to the arrest warrant, the sales tax returns Ziegler filed during this period indicate he was “fully aware of the amount of past due sales taxes owed to the state.”

 

With penalties and interest on the past due sales taxes, the amount owed is now $215,915.

 

Ziegler was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 20 and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of Criminal Penalty for Failing to Account for State Tax Monies.  He is the 69th person arrested under a joint anti-tax fraud initiative of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s office.

 

 

Baton Rouge tax preparer arrested on felony fraud charges...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge woman faces felony charges for allegedly falsifying hundreds of state income tax returns in a fraud scheme that cost Louisiana taxpayers more than $120,000.

 

Naomi Renee Bass is accused of fabricating business losses for clients who, in many cases, were not even business owners. The inflated losses led to the issuance of an estimated $121,000 in fraudulent state income tax refunds.

 

Bass was arrested on Thursday, August 31, 2017, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of Principal to Filing or Maintaining False Public Records and Principal to Illegal Transmission of Monetary Funds. She is the 68th person arrested under a joint anti-fraud initiative of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s office.

 

 

Hunters get a break during 2nd Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday September 1-3...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Hunters get a sales tax discount when they shop for firearms and other hunting supplies during the 2017 Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday Friday, September 1 through Sunday, September 3.

 

During these three days, eligible purchases are fully exempt from all local sales taxes and are subject to only three percent state sales tax instead of the full five percent.

 

The sales tax holiday applies to a wide range of hunting supplies including guns, ammunition, hunting apparel and archery equipment.

 

Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/SecondAmendment for more information.

 

 

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