Louisiana Sales Tax System Challenged
Arizona-based Halstead Bead Inc., an online retailer that sells jewelry-making supplies online, has filed a lawsuit against the state of Louisiana and several parishes to challenge the state’s approach to collecting sales taxes. Earlier this year, Louisiana lawmakers sought to streamline the sales tax collection process with a constitutional amendment with an eight-member commission rather than the more than 50 local government agencies collecting the sales tax, but the voters rejected the constitutional change.
Halstead Bead has asked the court to declare Louisiana’s sales tax registration and remitting requirements unconstitutional and burden on interstate commerce. Brad Scott, Halstead’s finance director, “Louisiana makes it extremely hard to do business in the state because of the countless hours and dollars it takes to ensure accurate compliance with all of the taxing jurisdictions. We don’t have the tools, we don’t have the resources, but we still have outrageous compliance demands.”
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