Tax collection change sent to Louisiana voters for decision

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FILE – This Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 file photo shows part of a 1040 federal tax form printed from the Internal Revenue Service website. On Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s tax rate on a family making $75,000 dollars a year would go from 12% to 25%. A current federal tax rate of 12% applies to families making up to $80,000, or individuals making up to $40,000. That would still apply under Biden, who has vowed publicly not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000. (Associated Press)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers have given final passage to an effort pushed by Republican House Speaker Clay Schexnayder to begin the centralization of the state’s sales tax collections.

The constitutional change won unanimous support Thursday from the House and Senate. It still needs to win support from voters in the fall election, and it would only start the centralization process.

Lawmakers would have to work out further details in a future session. The legislation was a top priority of the powerful Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.

Currently, parish officials collect sales taxes. Schexnayder’s constitutional change would start the process to have them handled by an eight-member commission.

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