BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) will begin accepting 2011 Louisiana individual and corporation income tax returns on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, including electronic returns filed with commercial tax preparation software and LDR’s electronic tax filing applications, Louisiana File Online and LaTAP. Income tax forms and booklets for the 2011 tax year will also become available on that date. Forms will be available at all LDR offices and at public libraries throughout the state, with the exception of those in Jefferson Parish.
LDR recommends all taxpayers file their taxes electronically. Electronic filing ensures the fastest income tax refunds and is the only way to enjoy the benefits of direct deposit. The average refund processing time for electronic returns is 10 business days. For paper returns, it is 12 to 16 weeks.
The Department of Revenue encourages all taxpayers to ensure their mailing addresses are up to date. If you have moved since your last tax filing, please update your address with the United States Postal Service. In addition, you can change your address with the Department of Revenue at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/AddressChange. Failure to update a changed mailing address can result in delayed income tax refunds and correspondence.