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Revenue to Grant Tax Relief to Ivan''s Victims

September 17, 2004

BATON ROUGE – Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges says the Department of Revenue is granting tax relief to those taxpayers who are unable to file tax returns or make tax payments because of the effects of Hurricane Ivan.

Under the authority of Louisiana Revised Statute 47:1514, Bridges says the state is granting a 30-day extension of time to file or make payments that would otherwise be due between September 15 and September 30, 2004. “This means that any taxpayer who is required to file a return or make a tax payment during that time period now has an additional 30 days from the due date,” Bridges says. Bridges adds that this tax relief will aid individuals and businesses with many different types of taxes, including sales tax, withholding tax, severance tax, oil/condensate tax, natural gas tax, timber tax, and minerals tax.

When filing a return that qualifies for the extension, Bridges says taxpayers should write the words “Hurricane Ivan” in red ink at the top of the return. She points out that there will be no delinquent filing or payment penalties for taxpayers filing under this relief. However, Bridges reminds taxpayers that interest on payments will still accrue because state statutes do not allow her to grant a waiver for interest.

For the purposes of this tax relief, affected taxpayers include individuals and businesses located in the following parishes: Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington.

If a taxpayer receives a notice from the Department with regard to an affected due date, or if they need more information about this special tax relief, they should call any of the following offices of the Department: Alexandria Regional Office, (318) 487-5333; Baton Rouge Headquarters Office, (225) 219-7318; Baton Rouge Regional Office, (225) 922-2300; Lafayette Regional Office, (337) 262-5455; Lake Charles Regional Office, (318) 362-3151; New Orleans Regional Office, (504) 568-5233; Shreveport Regional Office, (318) 676-7505; and Thibodaux Regional Office, (985) 447-0976.

For media inquiries, contact:
Byron Henderson
Public Information Director