State Treasurer John Kennedy has an important announcement that you will want to hear. Louisiana flood victims may be able to take advantage of a refund on state sales tax paid on personal property not covered by insurance or disaster relief funds.
This can include furniture, television sets, computers, clothing, cameras, books and other common household items purchased in Louisiana. The refund applies to both the March and August floods.
Keep in mind, you don’t have to be a homeowner to receive this refund. To see if you qualify, keep reading.
Eligibility Requirements to Receive a State Tax Refund
Louisiana law requires taxpayers to meet the following criteria to receive state tax refunds on destroyed property.
- You must be a Louisiana taxpayer and you must be the owner of the property. Furthermore, the property must be items that are used in or about your home, apartment or homestead – so golf clubs, tennis clubs and other outdoor equipment may not be included in the refund.
- You must have paid Louisiana sales tax during the purchase of the property. Gifts are not eligible for refunds.
- Property must have been movable at the time of purchase and destruction. Central heating or cooling systems, bathtubs, toilets, light fixtures, hot tubs and wall-to-wall carpeting may not be eligible for refunds.
- You must live within an area that was declared a federal disaster area by President Obama during flooding in March of August.
- Property owned by any type of business does not qualify for a refund. This includes business losses suffered by an individual.
How Do You Apply for A State Tax Refund?
To receive a refund, you must submit three forms to the Louisiana Department of Revenue (the R-1362, R-1362D and R-1362S forms). You can find the three forms on this PDF. Here is what you need to include when filling out these three forms.
Disclaimer: This is not tax advice. Readers should seek out a tax professional.