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LDR GRANTS RELIEF TO HURRICANE RITA VICTIMS

September 30, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2005

CONTACT: Tara G. Cunningham, LDR
(225) 219-0960 or
Vincent Caire, LDR
(225) 219-4084

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE GRANTS RELIEF TO HURRICANE RITA VICTIMS

BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Revenue announces relief for taxpayers affected by Hurricane Rita.

In accordance with the IRS tax relief guidelines, taxpayers affected by the hurricane may be eligible for tax relief, despite where they live. Deadlines for the affected areas are extended to February 28, 2006 to file and pay individual and corporate estimates, withholding, partnership, individual income, and corporation income and franchise taxes. For individual income, partnership, and corporation income and franchise tax returns, a valid extension must be in place, if applicable, for the additional extension to apply. For estimated payments, and withholding tax, the extension applies to all returns that would be due September 23, 2005, through December 31, 2005.

In addition, the department has granted a 30-day extension of time to file or make payments for sales tax returns due October 20, 2005. A 60-day extension of time to file or make payments has been granted for other taxes that would otherwise be due September 23rd through September 30th.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue will also work with any taxpayer who resides elsewhere but whose books, records or tax professional are located in the areas affected by Hurricane Rita.

Those areas designated by FEMA as the “individual assistance areas” will receive the tax relief automatically, and taxpayers won’t need to do anything to get extensions and other relief available. In areas where FEMA has determined damaged is more isolated and designated as “public assistance areas”, or for other taxpayers outside the impacted area, people need to identify themselves as hurricane victims when filing with the State.

When filing a return that qualifies for the extension, Secretary Cynthia Bridges says taxpayers should write the words “Hurricane Rita” in black ink at the top of the return to assist in identifying as many affected taxpayers as possible.

The 18 Louisiana parishes covered by the Hurricane Rita relief are Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Sabine, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vernon, Vermillion and West Baton Rouge.

Louisiana taxpayers within the following counties in Texas are also eligible: Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange and Tyler. This relief will also apply to any additional parishes or counties granted relief by the IRS.

All workers assisting in the relief efforts of Hurricane Rita in the covered disaster areas are eligible for relief whether or not they are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization. These individuals should also mark their appropriate forms with “Hurricane Rita” in black ink.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue’s mission is to administer the applicable tax laws of the state of Louisiana as well as regulations concerning alcohol, tobacco and charitable gaming.


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