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Rs 47:349 Taxpayers Required To Keep Records; Confidentiality

§349. Taxpayers required to keep records; confidentiality

A. In general each person shall keep a reasonable record of his gross receipts, gross fees or commissions, or loans made. This record shall be kept separately for each place of business, and shall be subject to examination and inspection by the collector or his duly authorized assistants.

B.(1) Except as otherwise provided by law, the records and files of the collector or the records and files maintained pursuant to a tax ordinance, excluding ad valorem property taxes and ad valorem property tax assessment rolls, of any political subdivision are confidential and privileged, and no person shall divulge or disclose any information obtained from such records and files except in the administration and enforcement of the tax laws of this state or of a political subdivision of this state.

(2) No person shall divulge or disclose any information obtained from any examination or inspection of the premises or property of any person in connection with the administration and enforcement of the tax laws of this state or a political subdivision of this state except to the taxing jurisdiction of his employment or, in the case of an already existing independent contractor arrangement, to the contracting taxing jurisdiction.

(3) Neither the collector nor any employee engaged in the administration or charged with the custody of any such records or files shall be required to produce any of them for inspection or use in any action or proceeding, except in an action or proceeding in the administration or enforcement of the tax laws of this state or of a political subdivision.

(4) Any officer, employee, or agent or any former officer, employee, or agent of any political subdivision of the state who unlawfully discloses any information obtained from a return of a taxpayer or records and files of the collector, contrary to the provisions of this Section, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars or be imprisoned for not more than two years, or both.

(5) Nothing contained in this Section shall be construed to prevent such persons from disclosing a return of a taxpayer or the records of the secretary as authorized by law in any judicial proceeding in which the state or any political subdivision thereof is a party.

Amended by Acts 1950, No. 105, §1; Acts 1986, No. 1017, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1987.

{{NOTE: SEE ACTS 1986, NO. 1017, §3, AND ACTS 1986, 1ST EX. SESS., NO. 18, §1.}}

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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