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Louisiana Individual Income Tax Booklets Mailed

January 09, 2004

BATON ROUGE – During January, more than 595,000 individual income tax booklets for the tax year 2003 are being mailed to taxpayers, says Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges.

“This number represents a reduction of 30,000 booklets from the number mailed last year,” Bridges says. Over the last five years, the Department has been able to reduce the number of pre-addressed booklets printed and mailed to taxpayers by 880,000. This reduction has saved taxpayers more than $450,000 in printing and postage costs.

Bridges says one of the major reasons for the reduction has been the Department’s convenient on-line E-asy File/E-asy Pay electronic filing services. These electronic services give taxpayers the option to file their resident state individual income tax from the Department’s website at http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov and electronically pay any additional tax that may be due. Direct deposit of refunds and direct debit of tax payments are also available. Bridges points out that sales tax and withholding tax returns can be filed electronically and individual income taxes including declarations of estimated tax and most business taxes can be paid electronically from the Department’s website. Individuals may also request an extension to file their individual income tax return from the Department''s website.

This year, there are several major changes to both the IT-540 Resident Return and the IT-540B Nonresident return:
· Constitutional Amendment No. 2 of the 2002 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature (commonly referred to as the “Stelly Plan”) went into effect on January 1, 2003 and necessitated the revision of individual income tax tables in the IT-540 Resident tax return booklet. Also, because of the amendment, the Excess Itemized Deduction has been eliminated.
· The address for additional tax payments has changed to P.O. Box 3550, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3550. A detachable payment voucher is now located inside the front cover of both the IT-540 Resident and IT-540B Nonresident tax return booklets.
· In the Resident return, a childcare credit has been added to Schedule A, Part 1 (Nonrefundable Tax Credits) and Part 2 (Refundable Tax Credits). In the Nonresident booklet, a Childcare Credit worksheet is provided.
· On Schedule D (Donations) of both the Resident and Nonresident return, the Animal Welfare Commission and the Housing Trust Fund have been added.
· On Schedule E (Adjustments to Income) of the Resident return, two new lines have been added – Line 2A (Recapture of START Contributions) and Line 4J (Military Pay Exclusion).
· On the Interest and Penalty Calculation Schedule, an Underpayment Penalty line has been added.

Blank tax forms, schedules, and instructions are available from any library or may be downloaded from the Department of Revenue’s website at www.revenue.louisiana.gov. They may also be obtained from any of the following Revenue offices: Baton Rouge Headquarters Office, 617 N. Third St, (225) 219-7318; Baton Rouge (Regional Office), 8549 United Plaza Blvd., Suite 200, (225) 922-2300; Alexandria, 201 Johnson Street, Suite 100, (318) 487-5333; 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.

Bridges urges taxpayers to file their returns electronically. She emphasizes that taxpayers who file their returns electronically will receive their refunds in the shortest amount of time. Refunds from electronically filed returns average less than 10 days, while refunds from paper-filed returns average three weeks or more. Bridges suggests that taxpayers using a paid tax-preparer should request their return be filed electronically for the fastest service.

Substitute forms produced from commercial software programs that have been approved by the Department will also be accepted for processing. A list of companies whose substitute forms have been approved by the Department can be found on the Department’s web page.
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