Last Modified: Wednesday, July 04, 2012 2:01 PM
Joshua Ledet’s family has met a request to pay sales tax on T-shirts sold during the singer’s “American Idol” run, officials said.
Rufus Fruge, with the Calcasieu Parish Sales Tax Department, said his office was seeking local and state sales tax on the sales of the T-shirts. He said his office met with the Ledet family Friday and settled the matter.
“There are taxes associated with the sale of tangible personal property, and they were unaware of the tax obligations,” Fruge said.
“They had sought some guidance and ultimately there had been no taxes paid, so they met with us at our request and we reviewed the documents that were prepared by their CPA and we collected our taxes (and) the state collected their taxes.
“We’re satisfied with the results and hopefully they are, too.”
The Ledet family did not respond to requests for comment.
Joshua Ledet T-shirts were a hot commodity during his “Idol” run (he eventually finished third). The family had six designs made and sold the T-shirts for $15 every Wednesday on Sampson Street in Westlake.
The family said at the time that they used the money to cover expenses traveling back and forth to Hollywood, where “American Idol” was filmed.
Fruge declined to say how many T-shirts the family sold and said sales tax records are confidential.