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Sep 9, 2013 3:29 PM by AP

Notices going out this week about amnesty program

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Notices to 443,000 taxpayers begin going out this week, notifying them that they may be eligible for the state's tax amnesty program.

The program runs from Sept. 23 through Nov. 22. It gives delinquent taxpayers the opportunity to get caught up on their tax bills without penalties and with only half the interest charges they would otherwise owe on the debt.

Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield said Monday that a web-based program for people to pay their back-owed taxes will be available and should take most taxpayers no more than 10 minutes to complete.

State lawmakers approved plans for the amnesty period in hopes of generating $200 million for this year's budget. Two additional, less generous amnesty periods will be offered in 2014 and 2015.

Details are available at www.ldrtaxamnesty.com.

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