If you own your property, your tax statement typically arrives in late November or early December with a December 31 due date. These taxes fund local government, schools, public safety, libraries and other approved taxing districts. Some operators who lease their property may pay into an escrow monthly with their lease payment or pay the tax bill when it is received, either directly or to their landlord.
Noting that in 2020, many of our member businesses suffered catastrophic financial impact due to COVID-19 (dining room closures, reduced capacity and lower consumer demand), many operators are questioning their next steps.
In Louisiana, most parishes assign the role of collecting real estate and personal property taxes to the Sheriff’s office. In Orleans Parish, they are collected by the Bureau of the Treasury. We’ve engaged in ongoing communications with the Louisiana Department of Revenue, several parish presidents and multiple sheriff’s regarding this process and potential mitigation.
If you are unable to make your payment by the December 31 deadline, we recommend the following:
Please note the Sheriff lacks the legal authority to waive the one percent per month interest charged on the unpaid balance, which is established by the Legislature. However, the Sheriff does have the discretion to consider a waiver on other fees charged towards the cost of collection.