The state Department of Revenue started phoning delinquent taxpayers.
A recorded telephone message is going out to eligible taxpayers whose phone numbers are in the Revenue Department’s database encouraging them to consider participating in Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2013: A Fresh Start.
The amnesty phone message directs people to go to www.ldrtaxamnesty.com or call the amnesty hotline at (866) 782-9241 to get more information.
The calls do not identify taxpayers by name. In some cases, there may be multiple taxpayers living at one location.
If any taxpayer has questions about a call believed to be intended for someone else, they should call the amnesty hotline, Revenue Department officials said.
The department also is mailing 443,000 letters addressed to taxpayers agency records indicating they are behind on their taxes, officials said Thursday.
The program allows noncompliant taxpayers to settle their accounts with the state by paying all taxes due, with a waiver of all penalties and 50 percent of the interest owed.
It continues through Nov. 22.
The state hopes to generate $200 million from the amnesty program. Shortfalls would trigger cuts in Medicaid, the government-run insurance program for the poor that covers about one-fourth of the state’s population.
“We’re making every effort to make eligible taxpayers aware of this opportunity for a fresh start,” Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield said in a news release.