The City of New Orleans reminds all business owners within the boundaries of the French Quarter Economic Development District (bounded by the Canal Street neutral ground, Esplanade Ave., the Mississippi River, and the lakeside of N. Rampart Street) that collections of the "Quarter for the Quarter" sales tax begins Oct. 1, 2021. Be sure to adjust your point of sale systems, cash registers and other transaction tracking equipment to begin collecting this tax.
The re-enactment of a 0.245 percent special sales tax levied in the French Quarter EDD was approved by voters in a special election. It will provide funding for supplemental POST-certified officer patrols and other public safety programs in the area. The items to be taxed include food and beverage sales, retail sales and parking are identical to the items taxed under the FQEDD tax that expired December 31, 2020. Hotels will tax food and beverage, catering, parking, and other guest services. For a detailed list of what is required to be taxed follow this link.
The French Quarter Management District and the City of New Orleans executed a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement to define the roles of the Administration, NOPD and FQMD in providing the development of the budgets, expenditures and reporting for the life of this tax. The first $2 million dollars of this tax is earmarked for supplemental POST certified officer patrols.
For more information on the FQEDD sales tax contact the City of New Orleans Finance Department/Bureau of Revenue Tax at (504) 658-1692.