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State Individual Income Tax Deadline is Tuesday

Taxpayers have until Midnight, May 15

May 10, 2001

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

Bridges 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 2000, 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.

Bridges points out that the fastest way to receive any tax refund is to file electronically. Taxpayers have several electronic filing options, including filing free of charge from the Department of Revenue’s web page at www.rev.state.la.us; using TeleFile, the free option that allows filing via a touch-tone telephone; or filing through a paid tax professional. However, Bridges says taxpayers who TeleFile must be pre-qualified by the Department and file using a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that was contained in the special TeleFile booklet mailed to them in January.

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 download tax forms and extensions from the Department’s website at www.rev.state.la.us, or may obtain forms from any of the following regional offices of the Department: Alexandria (318) 487-5333; Baton Rouge (Headquarters Office) (225) 925-4611; Baton Rouge (Regional Office) (225) 763-5700; Lafayette (337) 262-5455; Lake Charles (337) 491-2504; Monroe (318) 362-3151; New Orleans (504) 568-5233; Shreveport (318) 676-7505; and Thibodaux (985) 447-0976.