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Louisiana Grants Tax Relief to Power Blackout Victims

August 20, 2003

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue has announced that the state is honoring the same tax extensions and relief as granted by the Internal Revenue Service for those hit by the power blackout in the northeastern United States.

“We recognize that individuals and businesses will need time to recover from the power blackout, which is why we are granting this tax relief,” Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges says. For the purposes of this tax relief, affected taxpayers include individuals and businesses located in the blackout area, and those whose tax records, including records needed for tax deposits, are located in the area of the power blackout. Bridges says in order to qualify for this relief, affected taxpayers should put “NORTHEAST BLACKOUT” in black or blue ink at the top of the return relying on this relief.

Louisiana is using the same guidelines as the IRS for returns or payments due from August 15 through Friday, August 22, provided the returns and payments are filed by Aug. 22, 2003. While the LDR cannot waive the interest, it will waive delinquent filing or payment penalties due for affected taxpayers if the return and payment are received by August 22, 2003.

Individuals or businesses located in the blackout area – or taxpayers outside the area that were directly affected by the power blackout – should contact any of the following Department of Revenue offices if they receive penalties for filing returns or paying taxes late: Alexandria, 900 Murray Street, Room B-100, (318) 487-5333; Baton Rouge (Headquarters Office), 617 N. Third St, (225) 219-7356; 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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