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LDR UPDATES HURRICANE KATRINA EXTENSION DEADLINE

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 UPDATES HURRICANE KATRINA EXTENSION DEADLINE

BATON ROUGE- With Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in full gear, the Louisiana Department of Revenue updates the extension deadline to provide tax relief to more taxpayers who were impacted by the hurricane.

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 remain 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 should have already been filed, if applicable, for the additional extension to apply. For estimated payments, and withholding tax, the extension applies to all returns that would be due August 30, 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 September 20, 2005. A 60-day extension of time to file or make payments has been granted for other taxes that would otherwise be due August 30th 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 Katrina.

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 Katrina” in black ink at the top of the return to assist in identifying as many affected taxpayers as possible.

The Louisiana parishes covered by the Hurricane Katrina automatic tax relief are: 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.

The Louisiana parishes covered by the Hurricane Katrina tax relief if they identify themselves are: Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, Desoto, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Landry, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll and Winn.

Areas designated by the IRS news information releases, including counties within the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida (Reference IRS News Release IR-2005-112 and future IRS updates as released) will be recognized. This relief will also apply to any additional effected parishes or counties granted relief by the IRS in the future.

In addition, all workers assisting in the relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina 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 Katrina” in black ink.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue is working diligently as the recovery for Hurricane Katrina continues. We will continue to monitor the situation and make changes to other issues as they arise.

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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