Lafayette

Feb 6, 2013 9:24 AM by AP

Move to kill businesses' sales tax rebate stalls

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Facing new opposition and a request for delay from the Chamber of Commerce, the Lafayette City-Parish Council has decided not to consider ending the rebate that businesses get for submitting their sales tax collections on time.

On Tuesday, the council voted 8-0 to table the ordinance in order to give the community more time to discuss the proposal.

Eliminating the rebate would not cause Lafayette shoppers to pay more taxes at the register.

Instead, the move would allow Lafayette Consolidated Government to collect all of the sales taxes already paid by shoppers here and would remove the incentive for turning in collections on time.

Eliminating that rebate would bring the city of Lafayette an additional $1.4 million annually; the parish would get $104,000.

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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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