Tax Free Shopping

Tax Free Shopping

Bring your passport or current official picture identification with you when you shop. In the case of sailors, a shore pass, which contains the passport number, may be substituted for a foreign passport. Canadian visitors may use a driver’s license or birth certificate.

Louisiana Tax Free ShoppingMake sure the merchant is a member of Louisiana Tax Free Shopping (LTFS). Show the merchant your passport or a current official picture identification and ask for a tax refund voucher. Save the vouchers and the sales receipts.
Redeem vouchers at LTFS Refund Centers: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Downtown Refund Center located in The Riverwalk Marketplace, Capital One National Bank in Lafayette and Shreveport, or by mail.

Lafayette Redemption Center is:

Lafayette Capital One National Bank
213 W. Vermilion, Lafayette, LA 70501
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tel: 337 268-4522 Fax: 337 268-4562

The international visitor must make all purchases.

Louisiana Tax Free Shopping provides refunds of Louisiana state sales tax, and in some cases, local sales tax. Tax refunds are only available from retailers who are members of LTFS. International visitors with a valid foreign passport and round trip international travel ticket of less than 90 days duration are eligible for a sales tax refund.

The visitor will be charged full price, including tax, for his purchase. When making a purchase, the visitor must present a passport or other current official picture identification and request a tax refund voucher. Canadians may substitute a driver’s license or birth certificate for a passport. Vouchers and sales receipts must be retained in order to receive a refund.

To redeem LTFS voucher(s), the visitor will present the following documents at any one of the LTFS Refund Centers:

  1. Voucher(s) with associated sales receipt(s).
  2. Foreign passport with current U.S. visa, if applicable.
  3. Round trip international ticket of less than 90 days duration.

A refund handling fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Those not eligible for a tax refund:

  • U.S. resident aliens residing in the U.S. and elsewhere.
  • Foreign students residing in the U.S.
  • United States citizens living in another country.
  • Dual citizens (United States & another country).
  • Visitors in the U.S. for more than 90 days.

To obtain a refund by mail, send: the original vouchers and sales receipts, copy of travel ticket, passport and visa, if applicable, and a statement stating why vouchers were not redeemed at any of the refund centers and where the merchandise is now located to:

Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Refund Center
P.O. Box 20125, New Orleans, LA 70141
Phone: 504 467-0723
Fax: 504 471-2777