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Tax Deadlines Clarified for Ivan''s Victims

October 01, 2004

BATON ROUGE – The state Department of Revenue has clarified tax deadlines for taxpayers of the eight Louisiana parishes declared Presidential Disaster Areas because of Hurricane Ivan, says Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges.

Bridges says the Department of Revenue is extending until December 30, 2004 the tax deadlines for calendar year filers with automatic extensions and fiscal year filers for individual income tax, partnership, s-corporation and c-corporation income taxes, and corporation franchise taxes. The extended taxes must become due between September 13, 2004 and December 30, 2004 and are only for taxpayers and businesses domiciled in one of the following parishes declared Presidential Disaster Areas following Hurricane Ivan: Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany, and Terrebonne.

The Department of Revenue received a number of inquiries requesting clarification of the tax relief measures following an announcement that the Internal Revenue Service has extended all federal tax due dates in the eight parishes from September 13, 2004 until December 30, 2004. “The confusion was caused by the fact that the state granted 30-day extensions for all taxes normally due between September 15 and September 30. She says some state taxes not due during that time period were affected by the federal extension. Since some of the state taxes cannot be completed and filed until the federal return is completed, a clarification about those taxes was needed. Bridges points out that sales tax returns, withholding tax returns, excise tax, and other taxes whose due dates fell between September 13 and September 30, 2004, only have 30-day extensions from their original due date and are not included with those taxes extended to December 30.

When filing a state return that qualifies for the December 30 deadline, Bridges says taxpayers should include a copy of the federal extension (if applicable) and write the words “Hurricane Ivan” in red ink at the top of the return. She points out that there will be no delinquent filing or payment penalties for taxpayers filing under this relief. However, Bridges reminds taxpayers that interest on payments will still accrue because state statutes do not allow her to grant a waiver for interest.

Should a taxpayer receive notice from the Department with regard to an affected return and due date, or if they need more information about this special tax relief, they should call any of the following offices of the Department: Alexandria Regional Office, (318) 487-5333; Baton Rouge Headquarters Office, (225) 219-7318; Baton Rouge Regional Office, (225) 922-2300; Lafayette Regional Office, (337) 262-5455; Lake Charles Regional Office, (318) 362-3151; New Orleans Regional Office, (504) 568-5233; Shreveport Regional Office, (318) 676-7505; and Thibodaux Regional Office, (985) 447-0976.
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