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Sales tax to increase July 1

Beginning Wednesday, July 1, the sales tax rate collected in Calcasieu Parish will increase by one-half percent. For most of the parish, the local rate will become 5.75%. The exception is the City of Lake Charles, which will have a local tax rate of 5.5%.

The increase was approved by voters on May 2 to fund teacher and support staff pay raises.

Businesses will need to modify their cash registers by July 1 to collect the new tax, as well as upgrade their accounting systems for billing and reporting. The Louisiana Department of Revenue has a website that allows businesses to pay their sales taxes from one central online location, called Parish E-File. Sales Tax Online (www.salestaxonline.com) is also available for taxpayers to file sales tax returns online.

Exemptions are available for construction contracts which are finalized before July 1. To obtain an exemption, the proper paperwork must be mailed to the Calcasieu Parish Sales & Use Tax Office for processing.

For more information, call 337-217-4280, ext. 3413 or email the office customer assistance: monica.Harrington@cpsb.org

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