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State Individual Income Tax Deadline is Monday

Taxpayers have until Midnight, May 15, 2000

May 12, 2000

BATON ROUGE - Midnight this Monday, May 15, is the deadline for filing state individual income tax returns, according to Department of Revenue Secretary Brett Crawford.

Crawford says all state residents who are required to file a federal individual income tax return must also file a state return. Taxpayers who had Louisiana income in 1999, but are not required to file a federal income tax return, may (but are not required to) file a state return in order to claim a refund of withholdings. A taxpayer must also file a state return in order to obtain a refund or credit for an overpayment of taxes made through withholding or declaration of estimated tax. Military personnel whose home of record is Louisiana and who meet the filing requirements above must file a state return, regardless of where they are stationed. Military personnel whose domicile is not Louisiana are required to file a nonresident IT-540B form if they earned any nonmilitary income in Louisiana last year.

Taxpayers needing an extension of time in order to file a state return should use Louisiana Department of Revenue Form R-6465, Application for Extension of Time to File Louisiana Individual Income Tax, Partnership, or Fiduciary Return. Louisiana also accepts any extension granted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A copy of the extension should be attached to the state return when it is filed. An extension only extends the time to file, not the time to pay any tax that is due on May 15th. Failure to pay the tax in full by the filing deadline will result in the assessment of interest and a penalty.

Taxpayers may obtain any of the above forms from the Department''s web-site at www.rev.state.la.us or from any of the following offices of the Department: Alexandria (318) 487-5333; Baton Rouge (Headquarters Office) (225) 925-4611; Baton Rouge (Regional Office) (225) 763-5700; Lafayette (318) 262-5455; Lake Charles (318) 491-2504; Monroe (318) 362-3151; New Orleans (504) 568-5233; Shreveport (318) 676-7505; and Thibodaux (447-0976).