NFIB Member Speaks on Centralized Sales and Use Tax

Date: August 13, 2020

Elizabeth Abdalla, president and CEO of Abform Workwear, an NFIB member business in Lafayette, testified before the legislature’s Centralized Sales and Use Tax Study Group today.

Louisiana is one of only two states without a centralized sales tax collection process. Abdalla said, “The hardest part is  to determine the tax rates for the different parishes and the different entities within the parishes.”

Click here to watch a replay of the study group’s Aug. 13 meeting. Abdalla’s testimony begins at about the 3 hour, 24 minute mark.

NFIB State Director Dawn Starns said later that “in most states, retailers send sales tax revenue to a single agency. If you’re a small business with storefronts in two or more jurisdictions and sell online, you currently face three different sales tax codes to comply with here.

“Not only is that confusing, but it’s also overly burdensome and costly for business which is an example why Louisiana ranks at the bottom for business climate,” Starns said. “That’s why we’re encouraging the legislature to reconsider a proposed state constitutional amendment centralizing Louisiana’s sales tax collection process.”

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