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L.D.W.F. Reminds Commercial Fishing Vessel Owner-Operators To Obtain Certified Commercial Fishermen Endorsements
Posted: 11/16/05

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds eligible commercial fishing vessel owner-operators to obtain their "Certified Commercial Fisherman's Endorsement" by applying to the Louisiana Department of Revenue for their annual sales and use tax exemption certificate.

Certified tax-exempt vessel owners are not required to pay state sale taxes applied to purchases of fuel, materials and supplies used in commercial fishing and processing operations, including vessel and facility repairs and the purchase of any vessel used primarily for commercial fishing.

Commercial fisherman's sale tax exemption applications may be downloaded and
printed by visiting the Department of Revenue's internet address at:

Applications must be filled out completely, signed and notarized before returning them to the Department of Revenue. A copy of the applicant's prior-year federal income tax return must be included as proof that the applicant earned at least 50 percent of his or her income from commercial fishing. Applications must also include a copy of the applicant's LDWF vessel license and copies of either the state motorboat registration or U.S. Coast Guard vessel documentation certificate. The Department of Revenue
advises that applications require about two weeks to process and separate applications must be submitted for each vessel for which an exemption is requested.

Individuals may speed up the process by applying in person at one of the Louisiana Department of Revenue's Regional Offices listed below. Applicants should bring proof of identification and copies of their prior-year federal income tax return, LDWF vessel license and either their LDWF motorboat registration or U.S. Coast Guard vessel documentation certificate. Before leaving, call the regional offices to obtain driving directions and office hours and to verify that offices in the areas impacted by the recent hurricanes are open and operating.

Louisiana Department of Revenue Regional Offices:

Regional Office Location Phone Number
Alexandria 900 Murray Street
Baton Rouge 8549 United Plaza, Suite 200
Lafayette 825 Kaliste Saloom Road
Lake Charles 1 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 1550
Monroe 122 St. John Street, Room 105
New Orleans 1555 Poydras Street, Suite 900
Shreveport 1525 Fairfield
Thibodaux 1418 Tiger Drive

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