Baton Rouge: The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) is taking a multi-pronged approach to informing delinquent taxpayers that they may be eligible for a statewide tax amnesty program.
Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2013: A Fresh Start allows noncompliant taxpayers to settle their accounts with the state by paying all taxes due, with a waiver of all penalties and 50 percent of the interest owed. It continues through November 22, 2013.
LDR’s outreach includes 443,000 letters addressed to taxpayers the agency’s records indicate are behind on their taxes.
And it includes a recorded telephone message sent to eligible taxpayers whose phone numbers are in LDR’s database.
“The phone numbers and addresses we are using for these calls and letters are information taxpayers have provided LDR in records they have submitted,” Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield said. “We’re making every effort to make eligible taxpayers aware of this opportunity for a fresh start.”
The recorded amnesty phone message states: “Are you ready for a fresh start? You may be eligible for the Louisiana Department of Revenue’s 2013 Tax Amnesty program. The tax amnesty period began on September 23rd and runs through November 22nd, 2013. To find out more and to see if you qualify for the Fresh Start program, visit http://ldrtaxamnesty.com/ or call the amnesty hotline at: 866-782-9241. To hear this message again press pound, otherwise simply hang up.”
The calls do not identify taxpayers by name. In some cases, there may be multiple taxpayers living at one location. If any taxpayer has questions about a call believed to be intended for someone else, LDR encourages them to call the amnesty hotline at 866-782-9241.