2015 Louisiana Legislative Session
The 2015 Louisiana Legislative Session includes several proposed Senate and House Bills which may impact ad valorem property assessments and taxes. A few of the more salient ones are:
House Bill 635 / ACT 126
Eliminates eligibility of all projects with a NAICS code of 44, 45, or 722 which includes is all retail, restaurants and drinking places. The bill is effective for all contracts entered into after July 1, 2015. However, projects that have filed advanced notification prior to July 1, 2015 will still be eligible under current law, provided the related claim is filed on or after July 1, 2016.
This Act supercedes the provisions of the Act that originated as House Bill 466.
House Bill 466 / ACT 114
Eliminates eligibility of all projects with a NAICS code of 44, 45, which is all retail, restaurants and accommodations. The bill is effective for all contracts entered into after July 1, 2015. However, projects that have filed advanced notification prior to June 10, 2015 will still be eligible under current law but will only be eligible to apply for benefits after July 1, 2016.
House Bill 606 – Not Enacted Into Law
Terminates all tax credits beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and repeals tax credits that have already expired. This would include, but not be limited to, those tax credits associated with the LA Enterprise Zone, Job Tax Credits, Motion Picture.
Senate Bill 125 – Not Enacted Into Law
Reduce 10-Year Industrial Tax Exemptions originally granted before January 1, 2017, to 60% of the property originally exempted and extend the term for an additional two years.
House Bill 362 – Not Enacted Into Law
Reduce 10-Year Industrial Tax Exemptions from 100% to not exceeding 85%, and the term of the contract not to exceed 8 years.
House Bill 236 – Not Enacted Into Law
Exempts items constituting business inventory from ad valorem property tax.
Please note that there are several bills being introduced which have a similar objective.
House Bill 360 – Becomes Act No. 470
Specifies that the ad valorem property tax exemption for public lands and property means lands and property of this state and its political subdivisions. Presently, the constitution authorizes the imposition of ad valorem property taxes by local governments, and provides an exemption from ad valorem property tax for public lands and other public property used for public purposes.
The proposed amendment changes the present constitution by specifying that the exemption is for public lands and other public property of the state of La. and its political subdivision.
House Bill 59 – Not Enacted Into Law
Increases the homestead exemption from $75,000 to $100,000 of value of the property and requires adjustment of the exemption after a statewide reappraisal to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index.
We will be following these bills, along with several others, and provide updates as warranted. If you have any questions on how the proposed legislation may impact your specific situation, please don’t hesitate in contacting us.