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BATON ROUGE - Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges says the Department of Revenue is granting tax relief to those taxpayers who are unable to file returns or make tax payments because of the effects of Tropical Storm Isidore or Hurricane Lili.
Under the authority of Louisiana Revised Statute 47:1514, Bridges says the state can extend the due dates for taxpayers affected by emergency situations, such as the tropical storms experienced by the state over the past two weeks. She adds that the Internal Revenue Service has already granted special tax relief to certain fiscal year corporations and to individuals and businesses that have returns and payments due by October 15, 2002. “The IRS has extended those due dates until December 2, 2002,” she says. “Because the state tax return cannot be completed and filed until those federal returns have been filed, we are extending the due dates on those state returns until December 2, 2002.”
In the case of other types of state taxes that may have been due between September 26, 2002 and October 4, 2002, Bridges says the due dates are being extended 30 days. Those taxes include withholding tax, severance tax, oil/condensate tax, natural gas tax, timber tax, and minerals tax.
Bridges says taxpayers should write the words “Tropical Storm Isidore” or “Hurricane Lili” in red ink at the top of any return that is filed under this relief action. There will be no delinquent filing or payment penalties for taxpayers filing under this relief, but interest will accrue on any taxes due.
For the purposes of this tax relief, affected taxpayers include individuals and businesses located in the following 28 parishes that were declared disaster areas: Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Vermillion.
If a taxpayer receives a notice from the Department for an affected due date, or if they need more information about this special tax relief, they should contact any of the following offices of the Department: Alexandria, 900 Murray Street, Room B-100, (318) 487-5333; Baton Rouge (Headquarters Office), 617 North Third Street, (225) 219-0102; Baton Rouge (Regional Office), 8549 United Plaza, Suite 200, (225) 922-2200; 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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