§35. Neighborhood assistance tax credit
A. The following words and phrases used in this Section, unless a different meaning
is plainly required by the context, shall have the following meanings:
(1) "Business firm" means any business entity authorized to do business in the state
of Louisiana and subject to the state corporate income tax imposed by the provisions of Title
(2) "Community services" means any type of counseling and advice, emergency
assistance, or medical care furnished to individuals or groups in the state of Louisiana.
(3) "Crime prevention" means any activity which aids in the reduction of crime in
the state of Louisiana.
(4) "Education" means any type of scholastic instruction or scholarship assistance
to an individual who resides in the state of Louisiana that enables him to prepare himself for
(5) "Job training" means any type of instruction to an individual who resides in the
state of Louisiana that enables him to acquire vocational skills so that he can become
employable or be able to seek a higher grade of employment.
(6) "Neighborhood assistance" means furnishing financial assistance, labor, material,
or technical advice to aid in the physical improvement or rehabilitation of any part or all of
a neighborhood area.
(7) "Neighborhood organization" means any organization performing community
services in the state of Louisiana and which is
(a) Determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be exempt from income taxation
under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, or
(b) Incorporated in the state of Louisiana as a nonprofit corporation under the
provisions of R.S. 12:201 et seq., or
(c) Designated as a community development corporation by the United States
government under the provisions of Title VII of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.
(8) "Neighborhood" means a specific geographic area, urban, inter-urban, suburban,
or rural as certified by the Division of Community Development of the Department of
Consumer Affairs regulation and licensing, which is experiencing problems endangering its
existence as a viable and stable neighborhood.
B. Any business firm engaged in the activities of providing neighborhood assistance,
job training, education for individuals, community services, or crime prevention in the state
of Louisiana shall receive a tax credit as provided in Subsection C if the commissioner of
administration annually approves the proposal of the business firm; except that, no proposal
shall be approved which does not have the endorsement of the agency of local government
within the area in which the business firm is engaging in such activities, which has adopted
an overall community or neighborhood development plan, that the proposal is consistent with
such plan. The proposal shall set forth the program to be conducted, the neighborhood area
to be served, why the program is needed, the estimated amount to be invested in the program
and the plans for implementing the program. If, in the opinion of the commissioner of
administration, a business firm's investment can more consistently be made through
contributions to a neighborhood organization as defined in Subdivision (7) of Subsection A,
tax credits may be allowed as provided in Subsection C. The commissioner of
administration is hereby authorized to promulgate rules and regulations for establishing
criteria for evaluating such proposals by business firms for approval or disapproval and for
establishing priorities for approval or disapproval of such proposals by business firms with
the assistance and approval of the secretary of the Department of Revenue. The total amount
of tax credit granted for programs approved by the commissioner of administration for each
fiscal year shall not exceed one percent of the total amount of state corporate income tax as
collected in the prior fiscal year.
C. The division of administration shall grant a tax credit against the state corporate
income tax liability. A tax credit of up to fifty percent of the actual amount contributed may
be allowed for investment in programs approved by the commissioner of administration.
Such credit for any corporation shall not exceed one hundred eighty thousand dollars
annually. No tax credit shall be granted to any bank, bank and trust company, insurance
company, trust company, national bank, savings association, or building and loan association
for activities that are a part of its normal course of business. Any tax credit not used in the
period the investment was made may be carried over for the next five succeeding taxable
periods until the full credit has been allowed.
D. The decision of the commissioner of administration to approve or disapprove a
proposal pursuant to this Section shall be in writing, and if he approves the proposal, he shall
state the maximum credit allowable to the business firm. A copy of the decision of the
commissioner of administration shall be transmitted to the governor and to the secretary of
the Department of Revenue.
Added by Acts 1982, No. 653, §1, eff. July 22, 1982; Acts 1988, No. 625, §4; Acts
1997, No. 658, §2; Acts 2015, No. 125, §2, eff. July 1, 2015; Acts 2016, 1st Ex. Sess., No.
29, §2; Acts 2017, No. 400, §§1, 4, eff. June 26, 2017.