The Louisiana Constitution is silent on real estate transfer taxes, meaning nothing in the state Constitution currently prevents state or local governments from trying to assess this tax.


Louisiana is one of only 13 remaining states without this onerous tax. We want to maintain this advantage over these other states with real estate transfer taxes, especially since the adjacent states of Texas and Mississippi do not have real estate transfer taxes either.

Dating back to the 1950s, Orleans Parish is the only parish that imposes a $325 documentary transfer tax on residential and commercial real estate transactions. The amendment we support would not affect the existing Orleans Parish tax or existing recordation fees currently charged by Clerk of Court offices to record mortgages and other real estate documents.

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