Beginning on April 1, 2016 the state of Louisiana levies a 5% state sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. Local jurisdictions impose additional sales taxes up to 7%. Prior to the 1% increase in the state rate which took place on April 1, 2016 the state rate was 4%. The current range of total sales tax rates within the state of Louisiana is between 5% and 12%.
Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in Louisiana if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate of 8%, which includes 4% to be distributed by the Department of Revenue to local governments. The use tax rate is 8% regardless of whether the actual combined state and local rate in your area is equal to, higher than, or lower than 8%. The use tax is paid in lieu of the actual local rate in effect. Returns are to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of Louisiana on or before February 20th.