Calcasieu Parish School Board Sales and Use Tax Department
Representing Lake Charles, Sulphur, DeQuincy, Westlake, Iowa, Vinton,
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, Calcasieu Parish LED Dist. 1,
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau


The Calcasieu Parish Sales & Use Tax Office wishes to inform all dealers of an impending sales/use tax rate increase to take effect January 1, 2016. The rate increase will appear on Column B (City of Lake Charles) of the parish sales tax return. Voters residing within Lake Charles approved the City of Lake Charles tax increase in an election held for this purpose October 24, 2015. The new rate will reflect an increase of .25% which will bring the overall sales/use tax rate in Column B (City of Lake Charles) to 5.75%.


In addition, there is another 2% sales tax increase to take effect January 1, 2016. This will appear on Column I (Hope Economic Development District) of the parish sales tax return. This increase will bring the overall rate for sales and use tax in Column I (Hope EDD) to 7.75%. The new rate will also reflect an increase of 2% hotel/motel tax on Column B (Hope Economic Development District) of the parish hotel/motel return. This increase will bring the overall rate for hotel/motel tax in Column B (Hope EDD) to 6%. Please click here to see a map of the boundaries of this district that is located inside the City of Sulphur.



Effective November 1, 2009, locally prepared Resale Exemption Certificates shall no longer be issued by the Calcasieu Parish Sales/Use Tax Office. Resale exemption certificates R-1064 or R-1055 will now be issued by the LA Department of Revenue. Existing retail dealers should have received their certificate(s) already while new registrants will receive them either by virtue of their business classification (NAICS Code) or through application.

Since the LA Department of Revenue commenced the issuance of their Resale Exemption Certificate effective Nov. 1, 2009, the Calcasieu Parish Sales/Use Tax Office discontinued issuance of a local certificate. We advised our local dealers that they could accept the LA State Resale Exemption in lieu of a local certificate. Act 438 of the 2012 Legislative Session states that local tax collections shall accept an exemption certificate issued by the DOR. Local certificates may be requested for intra-parish activity as an exception. Calcasieu does not require dealers to have a local certificate if they have secured their state resale exemption certificate. Interested parties should visit the Department's website at for further information.

Sales Tax 101--Free Help to Dealers

Are you a new business owner and overwhelmed by the number of forms and information you need to produce? Maybe you've been in business a while but are unsure of exactly what forms you need to complete. Our office has the answer--Sales Tax 101 is a short session offered to dealers to help answer questions and make filing returns easier. CLICK HERE to download the presentation (rates effective July 1, 2015). You may also call our office for more information or to schedule an appointment for individual assistance.



Effective September 1, 2012, credit cards are no longer accepted.


If you need to close your business, let us know by completing the Business Closure form on our website and either faxing or mailing it to us. We must have notice of the closure in writing, and this form will give us all of the necessary information. Please make sure all returns have been filed up to the date the business actually ceased operating.


The Louisiana Department of Revenue has set up a website that allows businesses to pay their sales taxes from one central online location. The site, called Parish E-File, began taking forms and payments on October 1, 2008.

No fees are required to use the site, which allows businesses to file and pay state sales taxes and local sales taxes for all 64 parishes.

Registration requires an email address, a bank account number and sales tax account numbers. The site is at https://parishe-file.revenue. - a growing success!

In addition SalesTaxOnline ( is available for taxpayers to file sales tax returns online. Dealers must register in advance with SalesTaxOnline to be able to file online. Both services are offered free of charge to all dealers. BAILEYLINK WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE FILING AFTER APRIL 30, 2015.  



If you need to find information regarding local sales tax, have a question about a particular tax issue or need a form or application, and have been unable to locate it on our website, please let us know.  Click here to contact us with your suggestions and comments.


Office Hours   


Hours of business remain as 8:00am to 4:30pm, open during lunch, Monday through Friday. Summer hours (June and July) are 8:00am to 4:00pm, open during lunch. Telephone numbers are main line (337) 217-4280, fax (337) 217-4281.  Additional information can be found on this website as well as





Independence Day..................July 3rd

Labor Day..............................Sept 7th

Veterans Day..........................Nov 11th

Thanksgiving....................Nov 23rd - 27th

Christmas/New Year........Dec 21st-Jan 1st

Martin Luther King.................Jan 18th

Mardi Gras....................Feb 8th - 10th

Easter/Spring Break......Mar 25th Apr 1st 



** You can register with Calcasieu Parish online at

** You can file your returns online by going to to register with RamWare. Both state and local tax returns may be filed at

See our Quick Links tab to connect to many local government websites.

Emergency Information for Employees, Parents and Students

In the event of a district wide emergency, such as an evacuation, employees and parents/students are to monitor one of the following sources frequently for current status reports:

337-217-INFO (4636) - Recorded message concerning evacuations, return to school/work, etc. - School system website with current information concerning evacuations, return to school/work, etc.

Employee Mass Email - Updates sent to all employees with email addresses

Site Phone Tree for Employees - Each work site will have a phone tree for employee to employee communication updates

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