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Louisiana Department of Revenue Announces New Filing Extension Deadline in Areas Mainly Affected by Hurricane Katrina

June 21, 2006

BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Revenue, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is providing additional time to file 2004 and 2005 individual income tax returns through October 16, 2006. The additional time is for certain affected taxpayers hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.

For Katrina victims in the most severely damaged parishes of Louisiana, the IRS and Department of Revenue extended the filing deadline through August 28, 2006. Additional time has now been granted through October 16, 2006, for these affected taxpayers to file certain individual income tax returns. Eligible taxpayers are those who lived in the following 31 Louisiana parishes:

Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Pointe Coupee, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

Affected taxpayers who file the following individual income tax returns are eligible for the additional filing extension through October 16, 2006:

•2004 individual income tax returns, originally due on May 16, 2005, for which taxpayers obtained an approved federal extension of time to file until October 15, 2005 or a Louisiana extension of time to file through November 15, 2005, and for which the previous grant of disaster relief postponed the due date to August 28, 2006.

•2005 individual income tax returns, originally due on May 15, 2006, for which the previous grant of disaster relief postponed the due date to August 28, 2006.

Only the above mentioned returns are eligible for the additional extension through October 16, 2006. Additional postponement of time is not available for any other time-sensitive acts. Taxpayers who receive a billing notice in error should contact the main office or one of the regional offices of the Department of Revenue for assistance.

Affected taxpayers should mark “Hurricane Katrina” in BLACK ink on the top of their returns to ensure they receive the relief to which they are entitled.

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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