How the 2016 Flood Will Impact Your Taxes
Like many of you, the team at Broussard Poché, LLP has been impacted by the recent and devastating floods. Our financial experts want to make sure you have a handle on how this event could affect your taxes for next year.
Property taxes in Louisiana are based on the status and condition of the taxable property on January 1st of each year. In parishes affected by the Floods of 2016, this could result in individuals paying property taxes on home and business property and equipment based on the condition of the property prior to the floods.
Fortunately, Louisiana offers assistance. The assistance requires assessors to modify the assessment of properties that have been damaged or destroyed or deemed non-operational or uninhabitable due to an emergency declared by the Governor. On August 12, 2016, Governor Edwards declared the flooding as an emergency.
Parishes that have been declared as federal disaster areas include but are not limited to Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermillion. For your convenience, we have contacted these parishes and have listed their contact information and the steps to initiate the process for modifying your assessment.
|PARISH||Contact Address||Contact Number||Procedure|
|Acadia||Acadia Parish Police Jury
505 NE Court Circle
Crowley, LA 70526
|337-788-8800||Call the Police Jury as early as possible and provide your address and phone number, whether you own or rent the assessed property, whether or not you have insurance coverage, number of inches of flooding you received. Effected individuals will be contacted at a later date.|
|Evangeline||Evangeline Parish Assessor
200 Court Street
Ville Platte, LA 70586
|337-363-4310||Call your parish assessor as early as possible and provide your name and address, provide photos of damages and the FEMA form if you filed it. Effected individuals will be contacted at a later date.|
|Iberia||Iberia Parish Assessor
121 W. Pershing Street
New Iberia, LA 70560
|337-369-4415||The assessor’s office is requesting that individuals wait until mid-November when they receive their tax notice. At that time, the effected individuals should call the assessor within thirty days to request their property to be re-assessed. Please maintain proof of your damages.|
|Lafayette||Lafayette Parish Assessor
1010 Lafayette Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
|337-291-7086||Visit your assessor’s office as early as possible and provide them with a copy of the form that you filed with FEMA.|
|St. Landry||St. Landry Parish Assessor
118 S. Court Street
Opelousas, LA 70570
|337-942-3166||Visit your assessor’s office as early as possible and provide them with pictures of your damages. The office will then schedule a site-visit to determine the re-assessed value.|
|St. Martin||St. Martin Parish Assessor
St. Martin Parish Courthouse
415 St. Martin Street
St. Martinville, LA 70582
|337-394-2208||Visit your assessor’s office as early as possible and provide them with pictures of your damages. The office will then schedule a site-visit to determine the re-assessed value.|
|Vermillion||Vermillion Parish Assessor
100 N. State Street
Abbeville, La 70510
|337-893-2837||Call your assessor’s office as early as possible and provide them with the number of inches of flooding you received. Please maintain proof of your damages. The office may schedule a site-visit to determine the re-assessed value.|
If you need any help getting your taxes back on track for your home or business, call the experts at Broussard Poché, LLP.