2011 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 47 — Revenue and taxation
RS 47:1508 — Confidential character of tax records


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§1508. Confidential character of tax records

A.(1) Except as otherwise provided by law, the records and files of the secretary of the Department of Revenue 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 secretary 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.

B. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent:

(1) The delivery to a taxpayer or his duly authorized representative of a copy of any return, report, or any other paper filed by him pursuant to the provisions of this Title or pursuant to the provision of a tax ordinance of a political subdivision, or any information regarding a taxpayer's individual income tax account even if the information has been provided by a third party pursuant to the provisions of this Title.

(2) The publication of statistics so classified as to prevent the identification of any return or report and the items thereof.

(3) The use of reports filed by a taxpayer under one Chapter of this Title or an ordinance of a political subdivision, in an action against the same taxpayer for a tax due under another Chapter of this Title, or another tax ordinance of the political subdivision.

(4) The inspection by the attorney general or other legal representative of the state of the returns, reports, or files relating to the claim of any taxpayer who has brought an action to review or set aside any tax imposed under this Title or by a political subdivision's tax ordinance or against whom an action or proceeding has been instituted in accordance with the provisions thereof.

(5) The furnishing, in the discretion of the secretary or a political subdivision, of any information disclosed by the records or files to any official person of another department or political subdivision of this state, or any other state, or of the United States who is concerned with the administration of taxes and who in fact furnishes or has agreed with the secretary or political subdivision to furnish information contained in the records and files administered by him to the Department of Revenue or the political subdivision on a reciprocal basis; however, no such exchange of information shall be made in contravention of any provision of state or federal law prohibiting the dissemination of such information, nor shall such information be divulged except as provided by law, nor shall income tax records be divulged to any department, agency, or political subdivision of this state, another state, or the United States, except the Department of Revenue, or equivalent agency of another state, or the Internal Revenue Service of the United States and then only on a reciprocal basis. In addition, information divulged under this Subsection shall only be given to an agency which has agreed in advance to respect the confidentiality of such information.

(6) The secretary from disclosing to any person the name and address of any person who is registered and holds a license to operate within this state for motor fuel tax purposes, but the secretary shall not disclose any tax data whatsoever with respect to the licensee, except for information provided to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry for the enforcement of Chapter 30 of Title 3 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950. Any information so furnished shall be considered and held confidential and privileged by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to the same extent heretofore provided. The Department of Agriculture and Forestry shall not disclose or be required to disclose any information obtained under this Paragraph unless the disclosure is ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction or agreed upon in writing by the registered licensee.

(7) The furnishing or publication of the whole or any part or extract of the motor vehicle license reports, or list of permit holders, or similar information not generally considered confidential.

(8) The secretary from disclosing the name and address of any taxpayer who has filed an income or corporation franchise tax return, but he shall not disclose any tax data whatsoever with respect to any taxpayer, and such information shall be made available to any taxpayer upon his request.

(9) The furnishing, in the discretion of the secretary, of severance tax information to the Department of Natural Resources to be used solely for the coordination and verification of revenue and production data relative to mineral resources produced within the state. Any information so furnished shall be considered and held confidential and privileged by the Department of Natural Resources to the same extent as heretofore provided.

(10) The secretary or political subdivision from disclosing to the legislative auditor, or any members of his staff designated by him, those papers, books, documents, including tax returns and tax return information, films, tapes, and any other forms of recordation, including but limited* to computers and recording devices which the legislative auditor, in his discretion, deems necessary for the purpose of making an examination and audit of the books and accounts of the Department of Revenue, as provided in R.S. 24:513.1, or a political subdivision. Any information so furnished shall be considered confidential and privileged by the legislative auditor, and members of his staff, to the same extent as heretofore provided.

(11) The secretary from disclosing to any person upon request the name and address of any registered wholesale tobacco dealer who holds a license or permit to operate within this state, but the secretary shall not disclose any tax data whatsoever with respect to the wholesaler, except for information provided to the tobacco settlement enforcement unit of the Louisiana Department of Justice for the enforcement of Part XIII of Chapter 32 of Title 13 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950. The Department of Justice shall not disclose or be required to disclose any information obtained under this Paragraph unless the disclosure is ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction or agreed upon in writing by the registered wholesale tobacco dealer.

(12) The furnishing, in the discretion of the secretary, of severance tax information to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to be used solely for the coordination and verification of revenue and production data relative to shell, sand, gravel, and fill material resources produced within the state. Any information so furnished shall be considered and held confidential and privileged by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to the same extent heretofore provided.

(13) The furnishing, in the discretion of the secretary, of severance tax information to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, through the office of forestry, to be used solely for the coordination and verification of revenue and production data relative to timber resources produced within the state. Any information so furnished shall be considered and held confidential and privileged by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to the same extent heretofore provided.

(14) A sales and use tax commission contracting with a political subdivision for the collection of taxes from disclosing to the internal auditor of the political subdivision, or any members of his staff designated by the auditor, those papers, books, documents, including tax returns and tax return information, films, tapes, and any other forms of recordation, including but not limited to computers and recording devices which the internal auditor deems necessary for the purpose of making an examination and audit of the books and accounts of the sales and use tax commission. Any information so furnished shall be considered confidential and privileged by the internal auditor, and members of his staff, to the same extent as heretofore provided.

(15) The secretary of the department, the executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, or any political subdivision from disclosing to the Louisiana Lottery Corporation information regarding whether or not a lottery vendor or retailer applicant, as defined in R.S. 47:9002, is current in the filing of all applicable tax returns and reports, and in payment of all taxes, interest, and penalties owed to the state of Louisiana or to any taxing political subdivision. Any information so furnished shall be considered and held confidential and privileged by the Louisiana Lottery Corporation to the same extent as heretofore provided.

(16) The furnishing, in the discretion of the secretary, of oil spill contingency fee information to the office of the Louisiana oil spill coordinator within the office of the governor, such information to be used solely in the exercise of the powers, duties, functions, and responsibilities of that office as provided by law. Any information so furnished shall be considered and held confidential and privileged by the office of the Louisiana oil spill coordinator to the same extent heretofore provided.

(17) The furnishing of a taxpayer's reported federal adjusted gross income as requested by the office of student financial assistance when based on certification by the office that the confidentiality of such information will be respected and that it holds an agreement signed by the taxpayer authorizing the release of this information for the purpose of considering the eligibility of the taxpayer's beneficiary for a tuition assistance grant under the Louisiana Student Tuition Assistance and Revenue Trust Program as provided for by Chapter 22-A of Title 17 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 or for the purpose of considering the eligibility of the taxpayer's dependent child for an award under the Louisiana Taylor Opportunity Program for Students as provided for by Chapter 20-G of Title 17 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950.

(18)(a) The secretary from disclosing the name and address of any taxpayer who is delinquent in the payment of any tax collected by the secretary at such time as all assessments have become final and collectible by distraint and sale.

(b) Any disclosure shall only be made after the secretary provides written notice by registered mail to the taxpayer. The notice shall inform the taxpayer of the secretary's intention to publish the fact of the taxpayer's tax delinquency and other tax information authorized by Subparagraph (c) for failure to pay the amount due. The notice shall give the taxpayer thirty days from the date of the notice to pay the total amount of tax, penalty, and interest due prior to publication or to make arrangements to pay the tax, penalty, and interest due.

(c) At such time as the notice provisions of this Paragraph have been satisfied, the secretary may disclose the name and address of the taxpayer, the type of delinquent taxes due, and the total amount of tax, penalty, and interest due. If the taxpayer is a business entity, the secretary may additionally name any owner who owns at least a fifty percent ownership interest in the entity. No other taxpayer information may be disclosed. The disclosure may be made in any newspaper, magazine, or in electronic media, such as television or the Internet.

(19) The secretary, in order to implement the provisions of R.S. 56:303(E), from disclosing to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries upon the request of the secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries or his designee a list of the names and social security numbers of those persons issued a certificate of exemption pursuant to R.S. 47:305.20(B).

(20) The secretary, in order to implement the provisions of R.S. 51:936(C), from disclosing to the Department of Economic Development, upon request of the secretary of economic development, information from the state returns and reports of a taxpayer who has applied to or contracted with the Department of Economic Development for assistance, including but not limited to tax incentives, economic development programs, financial assistance, cooperative endeavor agreements, or technical assistance. The secretary shall not disclose any data from those returns or reports provided by the Internal Revenue Service. Any information so furnished shall be considered and held confidential and privileged by the Department of Economic Development to the same extent heretofore provided.

(21) The furnishing, in the discretion of the secretary, of International Fuel Tax Agreement tax information to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, public safety services, to be used both solely for the coordination and verification of information relating to the International Registration Plan. Any information so furnished shall be considered and held confidential and privileged by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, public safety services, to the same extent as heretofore provided.

(22) The furnishing, in the discretion of the secretary, of gasoline and motor fuels and special fuels tax information to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to be used solely for the coordination and verification of information relating to gasoline and motor fuels and special fuels. Any information so furnished shall be considered and held confidential and privileged by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to the same extent as heretofore provided.

(23) The furnishing of, upon the request of the secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services or her designee, the address and social security number of the person designated by Department of Children and Family Services as an absent parent for the purpose of implementing the provisions of R.S. 46:236.1.1 et seq., the family and child support program.

(24) The furnishing to the Office of Financial Institutions documents and other materials submitted by a Louisiana Community Development Financial Institution or by qualified Louisiana businesses as provided for in R.S. 51:3093.

(25) The furnishing of, upon request, the following information provided to the Department of Revenue in an application for the Louisiana new markets tax credit, R.S. 47:6016, for all qualified equity investments made on or after July 1, 2008: the name of the original investor, a detailed description and the location of the qualified low-income business, the total amount of the qualified equity investment, and the total amount of Louisiana new markets tax credits earned.

(26) The furnishing in the discretion of the secretary, of information to the treasurer of the state of Louisiana to be used solely to determine verification of the amount of sales tax, penalty, or interest paid by a person requesting a refund pursuant to R.S. 39:100.71 for any sales tax, penalty, or interest paid on a purchase made on or after September 1, 2005, through December 31, 2006, of any manufactured home used solely as residential housing. Any information so furnished shall be considered and held confidential and privileged by the treasurer by the same extent heretofore provided.

(27) The furnishing, in the discretion of the secretary, of information to the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism to be used solely to determine the economic impact and viability of art, historical, or cultural districts created within the state. Any information so furnished shall be considered and held confidential and privileged by the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism to the same extent heretofore provided.

(28) The sharing or furnishing, in the discretion of the secretary, of information to the Louisiana Workforce Commission for the purposes of determining, investigating, or prosecuting fraud related to all areas administered by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Any information shared or furnished shall be considered and held confidential and privileged by the Louisiana Workforce Commission to the same extent heretofore provided.

(29) The sharing or furnishing, in the discretion of the secretary, of a taxpayer's reported postsecondary education and employment information to the Louisiana Board of Regents for purposes of generating data related to the success of Louisiana's postsecondary graduates in the workforce. Any information shared or furnished shall be considered held confidential by the Louisiana Board of Regents to the same extent provided for in Subsection A of this Section.

C. Whoever violates any provision of this Section by divulging information unlawfully shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years or fined not more than ten thousand dollars, or both.

Acts 1960, No. 372, §1; Acts 1971, No. 160, §1; Acts 1975, No. 463, §1; Acts 1976, No. 89, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1977; Acts 1976, No. 611, §1; Acts 1979, No. 169, §3; Acts 1979, No. 587, §1; Acts 1983, No. 368, §1; Acts 1983, No. 172, §1, eff. Oct. 1, 1983; Acts 1986, No. 634, §2; Acts 1986, No. 766, §2; Acts 1987, No. 547, §1; Acts 1990, No. 35, §1; Acts 1990, No. 460, §1; Acts 1991, No. 1, §1, eff. May 30, 1991; Acts 1992, No. 168, §1, eff. June 8, 1992; Acts 1992, No. 447, §4, eff. June 20, 1992; Acts 1997, No. 1416, §3, eff. July 15, 1997; Acts 1998, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 165, §2, eff. May 7, 1998; Acts 2001, No. 257, §1; Acts 2001, No. 435, §1, eff. June 15, 2001; Acts 2003, No. 250, §2; Acts 2003, No. 1068, §3, eff. July 2, 2003; Acts 2004, No. 699, §2; Acts 2005, No. 252, §2, eff. July 1, 2006; Acts 2005, No. 383, §1, eff. June 30, 2005; Acts 2005, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 29, §1, eff. Nov. 29, 2005; Acts 2007, No. 345, §1, eff. June 30, 2007; Acts 2008, 2nd Ex. Sess., No. 4, §1, eff. March 24, 2008; Acts 2008, No. 121, §1; Acts 2008, No. 468, §2, eff. July 1, 2008; Acts 2008, No. 652, §3, eff. July 1, 2008; Acts 2008, No. 743, §7, eff. July 1, 2008; Acts 2010, No. 617, §1; Acts 2010, No. 877, §3, eff. July 1, 2010; Acts 2011, No. 397, §1.

*As appears in enrolled bill.

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