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Baton Rouge, LA- The Louisiana Department of Revenue reminds tax preparers the Louisiana Legislature has mandated E-Filing of individual income tax returns prepared by tax preparers who filed more than 100 state returns during the last calendar year.
The mandate is required by Revised Statute 47:1520(A) (1) (c), which was enacted by Act 452 of the 2006 Regular Legislative Session. The electronic filing requirement will be phased in as follows:
• For returns due on or after January 1, 2008, 30 percent of the authorized individual income tax returns must be filed electronically.• For returns due on or after January 1, 2010, the number of electronically filed returns must be 60 percent.• For returns due on or after January 1, 2012, 90 percent must be filed electronically.
“Electronic filing offers many benefits to tax preparers and taxpayers”, says Cynthia Bridges, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue. “Taxpayers benefit by faster refunds-most returns are processed in less than 10 days, and those who must remit a payment can warehouse the payment and pay anytime before the filing deadline and tax preparers have access to tax preparation software, which can identify and correct most common errors that delay tax refunds, and more importantly, processing."
Electronically filed tax returns with errors are immediately rejected and can be corrected and re-filed. Tax preparers receive an acknowledgement that serves as proof of filing.
In addition, refunds can be directly deposited into the taxpayer’s bank account and liabilities can be paid by direct debit or electronic check withdrawn from their bank account on any date on or before the tax due date.
During this first year implementation, no penalties will be assessed for failure to comply with the electronic filing mandate by tax preparers. Tax preparers who are unable to comply with the mandate this year, may request a waiver from the requirement. Requests should be submitted to the Tax Administration Division, Post Office Box 3193, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-3193. All requests should include the reasons why the tax preparer is unable to comply with the electronic filing mandate.
For more information on the E-File Mandate, visit our website at www.revenue.louisiana.gov, and click on “Frequently Asked Questions”, which can be found in the tax preparer tab.
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