CHAPTER 2. TAXPAYER'S BILL OF RIGHTS;
TAXES COLLECTED AND ADMINISTERED BY
THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
§15. Taxpayer's Bill of Rights
There is hereby established a Taxpayer's Bill of Rights to guarantee that the rights,
privacy, and property of Louisiana taxpayers are safeguarded and protected during tax
assessment, collection, and enforcement processes administered under the tax laws of this
state. This Taxpayer's Bill of Rights consists of a statement, in nontechnical terms, of the
rights and obligations of the Department of Revenue and taxpayers. The rights afforded
taxpayers to assure that their privacy and property are safeguarded and protected during tax
assessment and collection are available only insofar as they are implemented in accordance
with the Constitution of Louisiana and Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 or the
administrative rules of the Department of Revenue. The rights assured Louisiana taxpayers
(1) The right to be treated fairly, courteously, and with respect.
(2) The right to have all tax forms, instructions, and information written in plain
(3) The right to prompt and accurate answers to their questions in accordance with
Department of Revenue Policy and Procedure Memorandum Administrative No. 10.14.
(4) The right to ask for and receive assistance in complying with the tax laws, rules,
and regulations of Louisiana.
(5) The right to strict confidentiality of their tax records in accordance with R.S.
(6) The right to review and receive a copy of their tax records in accordance with
R.S. 47:1508(B)(1) and R.S. 44:31 et seq.
(7) The right to be free from harassment in audits and collection activities.
(8) The right to be served by employees who are not paid or promoted based on the
amount of tax dollars billed or collected.
(9) The right to receive a refund, in some cases with interest, for any taxes overpaid
so long as the refund claim is timely filed in accordance with Article VII, Section 16 of the
Constitution of Louisiana and the laws of the state, including R.S. 47:1580, 1621(A), 1623,
(10) The right to be notified before their records are audited and to receive
information about the estimated time, scope, and extent of the audit, unless the Department
of Revenue determines that the taxpayer is likely to remove the assets from the jurisdiction
of the state.
(11) The right to request a meeting with the auditor to discuss the auditor's proposed
assessment of tax due if they do not agree with the auditor's findings in accordance with R.S.
(12) The right to request that any assessment of taxes due, including penalty and
interest, be reviewed at the management level of the Department of Revenue in accordance
with R.S. 47:1563.
(13) The right to represent themselves or to authorize another person to represent or
accompany them when dealing with the Department of Revenue.
(14) The right to a hearing in order to dispute an assessment of taxes, interest, and
penalties by timely filing an appeal with the Board of Tax Appeals as provided by law. A
taxpayer shall not be required to pay the disputed tax, interest, and penalties in order to
exercise this right.
(15) The right to a formal hearing in order to contest the assessment of taxes,
interest, and penalties by timely filing suit with the appropriate state district court. The
assessment must be paid in full under protest in order to exercise this right in accordance
with R.S. 47:1576.
(16) The right to ask the Department of Revenue to consider an installment payment
agreement plan in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 47:1576.2 and rules and regulations
promulgated in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, for taxes, interest, and
penalties due. If a taxpayer qualifies for an installment payment agreement, no further
collection action will be taken as long as the taxpayer complies with the installment payment
(17) The right to a prompt release of a lien upon payment of all taxes, penalty,
interest, and filing fees due in accordance with R.S. 47:1578.
(18) The right to have all other collection methods exhausted before the taxpayer's
assets are seized, unless the Department of Revenue determines that the taxpayer is likely to
remove the assets from the jurisdiction of the state.
(19) The right to have a public hearing on all proposed Department of Revenue
administrative regulations adopted under the Louisiana Administrative Procedure Act, R.S.
49:950 et seq.
(20) The right to complain and to be heard.
Acts 1998, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 136, §1, eff. May 5, 1998; Acts 2014, No. 198, §1, eff.
July 1, 2014; Acts 2015, No. 130, §1, eff. July 1, 2015.