StayLocal is a part of the Louisiana Coalition for E-Fairness, a partnership between StayLocal, Greater New Orleans, Inc., and the Louisiana Retailers Association working with Louisiana businesses to resolve sales tax discrepancies between brick & mortar retailers and out of state online sellers that hinder local businesses’ ability to compete and grow their business.
StayLocal and our partners worked on the state level to push for legislation that would allow Louisiana to collect sales tax from big box online retailers like Amazon, thereby helping local businesses compete more fairly. We want our local businesses to be able to compete effectively and grow their business, and in turn, contribute to statewide economic growth and job creation.
There are two e-fairness House Bills in Louisiana
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January 2017 - Amazon begins collecting sales tax in Louisiana on January 1, 2017! This ensures equal and fair taxation of brick- and-mortars (who have always collected sales tax) and online mega-retailers. Get the details.
June 2016 - Louisiana Senate passed E-fairness bill HB121 (vote of 90 yeas and 2 nays) that requires remote retailers to annually inform consumers much how much total sales tax they owe if retailers do not collect sales tax at the point of purchase. Read the bill.
March 2016 - Louisiana Senate passed E-fairness bill HB30 unanimously (vote of 38 yeas and 0 nays) that says remote retailers with Louisiana affiliates are responsible for collecting sales tax on LA sales! See our advocacy here and read the bill.
February 2016 - Governor John Bel Edwards called a special 6 week session
to resolve Louisiana's dire budget crisis - an estimated $1B shortfall for the remainder of this fiscal year and $2B projected for next year. During a session hearing Tom Lowenburg of Octavia Books and StayLocal's Executive Director Dana Eness testified before the House Ways & Means Committee in support of the E-Fairness bills. Similar provisions have been enacted or are being considered in dozens of other states. Doing so in Louisiana would increase revenue by tens of millions of dollars annually. Watch the recap!
June 2015 - E-Fairness bill Vetoed by Jindal. The e-fairness bill we worked diligently on was vetoed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Our bill passed the State House 85-9, and passed the State Senate 95-0. Then Jindal vetoed the bill, offering no valid explaination. The legislature was already adjourned and would not return for a veto override session. The only good news is that we're fairly certain this will sail through next year.
May 2015 - The Louisiana House of Representatives passed the E-Fairness bill we were supporting to bring real fairness to how sales tax laws are applied to local and online businesses!
April 2015 - Mark Strella, StayLocal’s past Program Manager, went to Baton Rouge with Leora of Pearl Wine Co. and Tom of Octavia Books to push for E-Fairness bills. The three bills that would address the issue of e-fairness for Louisiana business owners all passed out of the House Ways & Means Committee unanimously!
January 2015 - StayLocal member Mike Massey of Massey's Professional Outfitters testifies on E-Fairness in New Orleans to the National Conference of State Legislators.
Amazon and Empty Storefronts - Focusing on the industry leader, Amazon, this report by the American Booksellers Association on January 25, 2016 looks at two broad classes of impact: Fiscal (relating to public revenue) and Land Use (relating to development patterns at the local level). This report looks at calendar year 2014, the last year for which good data is available. Online sales have, of course, only grown since then. In addition, we focus exclusively on Amazon, which likely accounts for only 1/3 or less of total online retail. Read more >