Check state income tax refund status online

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) encourages taxpayers to go online to check the status of their state individual income tax refunds.  The Where’s My Refund webpage is

“With Where’s My Refund, you have an instant answer about your refund,” said Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges. “Just enter some basic information, such as your Social Security number and your filing status.”

Where’s My Refund is especially helpful to taxpayers during tax filing season due to extremely high call volume, Bridges said.

“It’s much faster than waiting for a customer service representative.”

If you filed your taxes electronically, information on your refund should be available in 7-10 business days.  If you filed a paper return, please allow 12 to 16 weeks before checking on the status of your refund.


Louisiana man faces hundreds of felony counts related to tax fraud

BATON ROUGE – A Slidell business owner faces hundreds of felony charges for filing fraudulent tax returns and issuing worthless checks.

John Labee, 1642 Barrymore Street, Slidell, LA 70461

Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office

Investigators with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office arrested John Labee  as the result of a joint investigation between fraud investigators at the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the Attorney General’s Office.

“This arrest is a great example of Louisiana agencies working together to crack down on tax fraud,” said Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said, “This sends a clear message that fraud will not be tolerated in Louisiana.”

Investigators say Labee, owner of Innovative Professional Financial Services, submitted more than 500 fraudulent Louisiana Individual Income Tax returns on behalf of clients for tax periods in 2008 and 2009.  They say the returns contained incorrectly reported deductions, fabricated withholding statements and overstated withholdings. 

In addition, Labee faces charges of submitting fraudulent returns for himself for tax periods from 2007 to 2009.

The arrest warrant also accuses Labee of writing worthless checks to the Department of Revenue to pay taxes his clients owed to the state.

The charges against Labee include:

  • 530 counts of filing or maintaining false public records
  • 53 counts of issuing worthless checks


Window of Opportunity: 2009 Louisiana Tax Amnesty Program


Secretary Bridges on LPB

Louisiana Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges discussed the 2009 Louisiana Tax Amnesty Program with Shauna Sanford, the host of LPB’s “Louisiana:  The State We’re In.”