Senate committee votes to lower top Louisiana income tax rate, eliminate federal tax break

A Louisiana Senate committee voted Tuesday to amend the state constitution to lower the maximum allowable personal income tax rate and give lawmakers the ability to eliminate a major tax break for federal income taxes paid.

The state constitution caps the top state income tax rate for individuals at 6%. Senate Bill 159 by Sen. Bret Allain, the Republican who chairs his chamber’s Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee, would lower the maximum top rate to 5%.

The amendment also would strike from the constitution the state’s income tax break for federal taxes paid. Allain said a companion statute would establish a 4.25% top
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