State of  Use Tax The 2024 Louisiana Use Tax

Louisiana Use Tax Rate


2024 Louisiana state use tax
The LA use tax only applies to certain purchases

The Louisiana use tax is a special excise tax assessed on property purchased for use in Louisiana in a jurisdiction where a lower (or no) sales tax was collected on the purchase.

The Louisiana use tax should be paid for items bought tax-free over the internet, bought while traveling, or transported into Louisiana from a state with a lower sales tax rate.

The Louisiana use tax rate is 4%, the same as the regular Louisiana sales tax. Including local taxes, the Louisiana use tax can be as high as 7.000%.

State of California Sales Tax What exactly is the Louisiana use tax?

The Louisiana Use Tax is a little-known tax that complements the regular Louisiana sales tax to ensure that purchases made outside of Louisiana are not exempt from the Louisiana sales tax.

Instead of taxing the sale of tangible property which takes place outside of Louisiana's jurisdiction (and thus cannot be taxed), the Louisiana Use Tax taxes the use or consumption of tangible property bought in other jurisdictions with a lower sales tax rate and brought back into Louisiana.

State of California Sales Tax How Do I Calculate How Much Use Tax I Owe?

If you made any purchases online or outside of Louisiana for which you paid less then Louisiana's 4% in sales tax, you are responsible for paying Louisiana a use tax on those purchases equal to 4% of the total purchase price less any sales taxes already paid to other jurisductions.

Example 1: If $100 worth of books is purchased from an online retailer and no sales tax is collected, the buyer would become liable to pay Louisiana a total of $100 × 4% = $4.00 in use tax.

Example 2: If a $10,000 boat is purchased tax-free and then brought into a jurisdiction with a 2% sales tax rate, the buyer would become liable to pay Louisiana a total of (4% - 2%) × $10,000 = $400.00 in use tax.

Example 3: If $1,000 worth of goods are purchased in a jurisdiction with a 5% sales tax rate, no use tax is owed to Louisiana because the foreign jurisdiction's sales tax rate is greater then or equal to Louisiana's 4% sales tax.

State of California Sales Tax How do I pay the Louisiana use tax?

In many states, an optional field for remitting use tax is included in the state income tax return. A use tax return form may also be available on the Louisiana Department of Revenue website for calculating and paying use tax.

How to pay the Louisiana Use Tax Above: Example use tax field on a state income tax return

Use tax is a self-assessed tax with a very low public awareness rate, and as a result states have a very hard time enforcing use tax compliance. Only about 1.6% of taxpayers pay use tax each year, remitting an average of $69 in use taxes on total purchases averaging $929. [1]

Government studies have shown that a large percentage of use tax payments are made as the result of an audit or under the threat of an audit. If unpaid use tax is discovered by a Louisiana tax audit, significant underpayment fees and interest may apply.

State of California Sales Tax References

  1. Minnesota Use Tax Study -
  2. Louisiana Department of Revenue -