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BATON ROUGE – The deadlines for individual income and corporation income and franchise taxes due between September 15, 2004 and September 30, 2004 have been extended to December 30, 2004 for taxpayers domiciled in any of the eight parishes declared Presidential Disaster Areas because of Hurricane Ivan, says Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges.
Bridges says the Department of Revenue is following the lead of the Internal Revenue Service by extending the deadlines until December 30 and will recognize all extensions granted to that date by the IRS. However, Bridges stresses that extensions granted by the state are only for taxpayers and businesses domiciled in one of the following parishes: Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany, and Terrebonne.
When filing a state return that qualifies for the December 30 deadline, Bridges says taxpayers should include a copy of the federal extension (if applicable) and 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. Should a taxpayer receive notice from the Department with regard to an affected return and 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. ###
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