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Electronic filing is the transfer of tax return information and any associated payment using a modem and the internet. When you file your occupational license tax renewal using the electronic method, your paper return is replaced with an electronic file.
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The Revenue Division does not have a mandatory filing policy.
Online filing is available to those businesses that received a current year renewal application with a pre-printed PIN number and you were in business for the full prior calendar year. If your renewal form does not include a pre-printed pin number or you were not in business for the full prior calendar year, then you are not eligible and must file a paper return. Also if your business has gross income of less than $2,500, online filing is not available. You must file a paper return.
Contact the Finance Department/Revenue Division at 225-389-3084. You will be asked to verify your account information and a new PIN will be made available to you.
After the entire filing process has been completed you will be allowed the option to print your return. Also at anytime during the filing process you may use your browser print option.
Yes, current rules require that you transmit your return and payment simultaneous.
Only the current year's information will be accepted at this time.
When electronic returns are filed, the transmission must be initiated on or before 11:59 p.m. on the last day of February. If the last day of February falls on a holiday or weekend, the return must be postmarked or transmitted by the next work day to be considered on time.
If your business has received the current year renewal application with a preprinted PIN you may file online. If you have another business that has not received a PIN via the renewal application you must file a paper return.
The tax is levied upon each business pursuing and conducting any business within the corporate limits of the City of Baton Rouge or within the Parish of East Baton Rouge.
The tax shall be levied only on the business and not separately on any individual who is either employed by or is a member of the corporation.
For a new business the occupational license tax is due prior to the date the business opens. The renewal of your occupational license is due January 1 and becomes delinquent March 1.
Occupational license renewal applications will be mailed to you during the month of December. If you receive a renewal application with an assigned PIN number, you are pre-registered and eligible to file your taxes online. Otherwise you will be required to file a paper return.
Beginning March 1st, the delinquent penalty is 5% for each month or fraction thereof and increased by 5% on the 1st of each month to a maximum of 25%. The interest is calculated at a daily rate of 15% per annum from due date until paid.
The Occupational License Tax Ordinance allows for deductions from gross income only in specific cases:
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