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State Individual Income Tax Deadline is Thursday

Taxpayers have until Midnight, May 15

May 8, 2003

BATON ROUGE - Midnight this Thursday, May 15, is the deadline for filing state individual income tax returns, according to Department of Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges.

Bridges says any state resident required to file a federal individual income tax return must also file a state return. Taxpayers who earned income in Louisiana during 2002, but are not required to file a federal income tax return, may (but are not required to) file a state return in order to claim a refund of withholdings. In order to obtain a state refund or credit for an overpayment of taxes made through withholding or a declaration of estimated tax, a taxpayer must file the state return.

Military personnel serving in a combat zone have been granted extensions for filing their returns. Those military personnel serving in a combat zone have an additional 180 days to file their return after leaving the combat zone or being dismissed from a hospital if wounded. When filing returns under combat zone extensions, the filer should note the name of the combat zone and dates of service in the zone at the top of the return and on the return’s envelope. Military personnel not in a combat zone and whose home of record is Louisiana must file a state return by May 15, regardless of where they are stationed, if they meet filing requirements. Military personnel whose domicile is not Louisiana are required to file a nonresident IT-540B form by May 15 if they earned any nonmilitary income in Louisiana last year.

Bridges points out that the fastest way to receive any tax refund is to file electronically. Taxpayers have several electronic filing options, including filing from the Department of Revenue’s web page at http://revenue.louisiana.gov. Taxpayers who wish to file electronically and owe additional taxes have the option to have that tax payment electronically debited from their bank account. They may also send payment using a payment coupon that may be printed through the Internet browser when electronically filing. Taxpayers using a paid tax preparer should receive a payment coupon when the preparer completes their return. The return and payment of additional taxes must be postmarked by the filing deadline in order to avoid penalties.

Taxpayers who need an extension of time to file a state return should use Louisiana Department of Revenue Form R-6465, Application for Extension of Time to File Louisiana Individual Income Tax, Partnership, or Fiduciary Return. Copies of the extension form are in the printed tax booklet mailed to taxpayers in January and may also be downloaded from the Department’s website. Louisiana also accepts any extension granted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A copy of the extension should be attached to the state return when it is filed. An extension only extends the time to file, not the time to pay any tax that is due on May 15th. Failure to pay the tax in full by the filing deadline will result in the assessment of interest and a penalty.

In addition to the Department’s website, tax forms are available at any of the following regional offices of the Department: Alexandria, 900 Murray Street, Room B-100, (318) 487-5333; Baton Rouge (Headquarters Office), 617 N. Third St, (225) 219-0102; Baton Rouge (Regional Office), 8549 United Plaza Blvd., Suite 200, (225) 922-2300; Lafayette, 825 Kaliste Saloom Road, Brandywine III, Suite, 150, (337) 262-5455; Lake Charles, One Lakeshore Drive, Suite 1550, (337) 491-2504; Monroe, 122 St. John Street, Room 105, (318) 362-3151; New Orleans, 1555 Poydras Street, Suite 900, (504) 568-5233; Shreveport, 1525 Fairfield Avenue, (318) 676-7505; and Thibodaux, 1418 Tiger Drive, (985) 447-0976.

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