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Louisiana taxpayers reminded to apply for state filing extensions

April 06, 2009

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers who are unable to file their state tax returns by the May 15, 2009, deadline to file for an extension with the state, and to pay any estimated taxes that are due by the filing deadline.
Filing extensions are available under state law (La. Revised Statute 47:103(D)), which authorizes the Secretary of Revenue to grant a six-month extension of time to file an individual income tax return upon the request of the taxpayer.

In the past, taxpayers who were granted automatic federal extensions were granted a state income tax filing extension if a copy of the federal Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Federal Form 4868, was attached to the front of the state income tax return when it was filed.

This is no longer the case.

Beginning with the 2008 Louisiana Individual Income Tax Return, due no later than May 15, 2009, Louisiana taxpayers are required to request a specific state individual income tax filing extension, or to submit a copy of their Federal Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return on or before the May 15 due date. Copies of federal extension requests that are simply attached to state tax returns will not be accepted.

Taxpayers have four options for requesting a state income tax filing extension (see Revenue Information Bulletin No. 09-005):

1. File a paper state extension Form R-2868.

2. File an extension request electronically via Louisiana File Online (, the Department of Revenue’s free online tax filing application.

3. File a paper copy of the IRS extension Federal Form 4868 with LDR on or before the due date of the Louisiana individual income tax return (generally May 15th).
Federal and state extensions may be faxed to the Department of Revenue at 225-231-6211 or mailed to:

Return Extensions
Louisiana Department of Revenue
P. O. Box 751
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0751

Filing an extension does not grant a taxpayer extra time to pay the tax due. Payments received after the due date will be charged applicable penalties and interest. Estimated payments can be made electronically via Louisiana File Online.
For more information, call the Louisiana Department of Revenue Customer Service Center at 225-219-0102.