BATON ROUGE (AP) - Delinquent taxpayers can get a reprieve from penalties for paying their back-owed taxes in an upcoming amnesty period that begins in September.
The state revenue department announced Tuesday that the first year of the tax amnesty program created by lawmakers will run from Sept. 23 through Nov. 22.
During that time, people can get caught up on their tax bills without any penalties and with only half the interest charges they would otherwise owe on the debt. Details about who is eligible are available online.
Lawmakers approved plans for the tax amnesty program as a way to drum up cash for this year's $25.4 billion budget. They anticipated collecting $200 million this year from the program and plugged the expected money into the Department of Health and Hospitals budget.