Louisiana has two upcoming changes effective October 1 that were not highly publicized.
Changes in taxability have become almost routine in Louisiana over the past few months. While most of the major changes were completed as of July 1, 2016, additional adjustments that have not been well-publicized will go into effect on October 1, 2016. The upcoming changes include:
911 Fees Increase to 4 percent
For years, Louisiana has imposed charges on consumers of telecommunication services that provide the ability to access 911, including prepaid wireless services. In the past, this fee has been levied at a rate of 2 percent.
On June 17, 2016, House Bill 678 of the 2016 regular legislative session – which proposed an increase to the surcharge fee on prepaid 911 services – was signed into law by Governor Edwards and became Act 590. As of October 1, this fee will increase to 4 percent.
Tire Fees Expand to All Terrain or Utility Terrain Vehicles
Another change coming on October 1 relates to the $2 fee per tire on passenger/light truck/small farm service tires. In the past, this fee did not extend to tires for all-terrain or utility terrain vehicles. However, on June 17, 2016, House Bill 631 of the 2016 regular legislative session was signed into law by Governor Edwards, becoming Act 633. Pursuant to this Act, the definition of “passenger/light truck/small farm service tire” was expanded to include those tires normally used on all terrain and utility terrain vehicles.
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