State offers filing extensions to businesses affected by severe weather

BATON ROUGE – Filing extensions are available on a case-by-case basis to Ouachita Parish businesses affected by severe weather on October 13, 2014, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) announced Wednesday.

The extensions apply to the following tax filing and remittance dates for the month of October:

Tax Due Date Extension Date
Semi-monthly Withholding Remittance October 15, 2014 November 14, 2014
Alcoholic Beverage Tax Return October 15, 2014 November 14, 2014
Sales Tax Return October 20, 2014 November 14, 2014
911 Service Fee October 20, 2014 November 14, 2014
Statewide Hotel/Motel Sales Tax Return October 20, 2014 November 14, 2014
Hazardous Waste Tax Return October 20, 2014 November 14, 2014
Beer Tax Return October 20, 2014 November 14, 2014
Withholding Returns & Remittances October 31, 2014 November 14, 2014
 To apply for an extension, taxpayers in the affected area must submit to the Department of Revenue a written statement explaining why the return or remittance cannot be submitted on time by attaching it to the tax return or mailing it to:

Louisiana Department of Revenue

Post Office Box 201

Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0201

For more information, call the LDR Customer Service Center at 855-307-3893.

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Louisiana state tax filing deadline is Thursday, May 15

BATON ROUGE – Thursday, May 15 is the deadline for filing 2013 Louisiana Individual Income Tax returns.           

The Louisiana Department of Revenue recommends electronic filing for the fastest, most error-free tax return and refund processing. Electronic filing options include commercially-available tax preparation software, and Louisiana File Online, the state’s free tax filing web application. Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline.

Filing Extensions

Taxpayers who need more time to prepare their 2013 individual state income tax returns must submit an extension request by the May 15 deadline to avoid late filing penalties. An extension allows more time to file a return, but it does not allow more time to pay taxes due. Payments made after May 15 are subject to penalties and interest. Extension requests must be submitted electronically, or by phone for those with limited Internet access. Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/extensions or call 888-829-3071.

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State income tax filing extensions must be submitted electronically

Department of Revenue does not accept paper extension requests

BATON ROUGE –Taxpayers who require more time to file their 2012 Louisiana individual income or Corporation Income and Franchise Tax returns must submit their extension requests electronically. Paper requests are not accepted.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) implemented the electronic extension mandate for income tax returns beginning with returns due in 2013.  Filing extension requests must be submitted no later than the tax filing deadline.

2012 Louisiana Corporation Income and Franchise Tax Returns are due April 15, 2013.

2012 Louisiana Individual Income Tax Returns are due May 15, 2013.

Some commercially-available tax preparation software programs still provide copies of an outdated printable Louisiana extension request form. These forms are not valid and will not be processed. Failure to file returns on time, or to submit an extension request by the filing deadline, will incur late-filing penalties.

Individual and business taxpayers may submit an extension request by one of the following methods:

A filing extension grants only additional time to file a return.  It does not grant an extension of time to pay taxes due. Late payments are subject to penalties and interest.

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Louisiana Department of Revenue offers relief to taxpayers affected by Hurricane Isaac

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BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) is granting filing and payment extensions to taxpayers whose homes, principal places of business or critical tax records are in parishes or counties affected by Hurricane Isaac.

Excise, sales & severance taxes

LDR will waive late filing penalties, late payment penalties and interest on returns and payments due on or after August 26, 2012, and on or before September 30, 2012.  The extended deadline is October 15, 2012.

Income

The extension is available for individual income, corporation income, franchise, fiduciary and partnership taxes, and estimated tax payments with original or extended dates on or after August 26, 2012, and on or before January 11, 2013.  The extended deadline is February 11, 2013.

Withholding

The extension is available to employers whose principal place of business or critical tax records are located in any of the Louisiana parishes or Mississippi counties listed below.  It applies to withholding payments due on or after August 30, 2012, and on or before September 30, 2012.  LDR will waive penalties and interest on withholding returns and payments received by October 31, 2012.

PARISHES AND COUNTIES ELIGIBLE FOR HURRICANE ISAAC-RELATED LOUISIANA FILING EXTENSIONS
LOUISIANA PARISHES MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES
Ascension Hancock
Assumption Harrison
East Baton Rouge Jackson
East Feliciana Pearl River
Iberville  
Jefferson  
Lafourche  
Livingston  
Orleans  
Plaquemines  
Pointe Coupee  
St. Bernard  
St. Charles  
St. Helena  
St. James  
St. John the Baptist  
St. Mary  
St. Tammany  
Tangipahoa  
Terrebonne  
Washington  
West Baton Rouge  
West Feliciana  

 Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/Isaac for more information.

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Request state tax filing extensions before the May 15 filing deadline

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana taxpayers who need more time to file their 2011 state individual income tax returns must request an extension on or before the May 15, 2012, due date.

Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/extensions to request a filing extension electronically.  This is the fastest and most convenient method of requesting an extension.  It requires only your name and Social Security Number, along with a valid e-mail address if you would like to receive confirmation.

An extension request applies only to an extension of time to file a Louisiana individual income tax return.  An extension does not grant additional time to pay any taxes due.  Payments received after the return due date are subject to interest and late payment penalties.

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Top tip for faster tax refunds: file electronically

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) encourages all taxpayers to file electronically when they submit their 2011 state individual income tax returns.

“Electronic filing is the best way to ensure error-free returns and speedy income tax refunds,” said Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges.

LDR began accepting 2011 Louisiana Individual Income Tax Returns on January 17.  The state filing deadline is May 15.

In addition to electronic filing, a careful review of your tax return can help to avoid unnecessary delays.  Many refunds are delayed because of common errors and omissions. 

Steps to avoid delayed refunds include:

  • File electronically.  The average processing time for refunds is ten business days when using electronic options such as Louisiana File Online, the state’s free tax filing web application.  For paper returns, the processing time is 12 to 16 weeks.  Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline.
  • Double check the accuracy of your return.  Ensure that all Social Security numbers and tax computations are correct.  Math errors and incorrect tax table information are leading causes of delayed refunds.
  • Include all supporting documentation such as W-2s.  Use paperclips, not staples, if filing a paper return.
  • Don’t forget to sign the return.
  • Update your mailing address with the United States Postal Service and the Louisiana Department of Revenue.
  • For paper returns, be sure to attach the proper label to the mailing envelope.

To avoid the potential for late fees and other penalties, taxpayers needing additional time to file must request filing extensions in a timely manner.  This year’s deadline for a state filing extension request is May 15, 2012.  Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/extensions.

If a tax payment is due, include the remittance coupon with paper returns to ensure proper posting.  Make checks or money orders payable to the Louisiana Department of Revenue.  Do not send cash. 

Do not include copies of the federal return with the state return.

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LDR accepting resubmission of 2010 filing extensions through August 15, 2011

BATON ROUGE – August 15, 2011, is the deadline for all filing extension requests related to 2010 Louisiana individual income tax and 2010 Louisiana Corporation Income and Franchise tax returns that were returned due to the failure to include a Louisiana tax account number.

LDR requires a Louisiana tax account number on all paper filing extensions submitted via state form CIFT-620EXT or IRS Form 7004.  Extensions cannot be processed without the account numbers. 

LDR will waive delinquent filing penalties for 2010 filing extension resubmissions that meet the August 15 deadline.  Those that fail to meet the deadline will be subject to delinquent filing penalties.

The resubmission should include only the extension request, not the full tax return.

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LDR News Release: State filing extensions available to taxpayers affected by 2011 spring flood

BATON ROUGE (May 17, 2011) – Louisiana taxpayers in areas of the state affected by the 2011 spring flood are eligible for extensions to file and pay state taxes, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) announced Monday.

LDR will grant a 30-day filing extension for tax returns due May 15-31 on a case-by-case basis for taxpayers who:

  • evacuated as the result of a mandatory order;
  • engaged in preventative flood protection measures for homes or property located in an area projected to flood as a result of the opening of a spillway; or
  • suffered damage to a home or property as a result of flooding on a date in which a return was due.

Taxpayers filing electronic returns should fax spring flood-related extension requests to 225-923-4069. Faxed requests should bear the title “2011 Flood Impact;” include the name and address of the residence or business; the type of tax; and the account number, along with a description of flood-related effects and reasons supporting the taxpayer’s inability to file a return by the deadline.

Paper-filed returns requesting spring flood extensions should be written in blue or black ink and have “2011 Flood Impact” written at the top of the return on page 1.

For more information, call 225-219-0102 for individual income taxes and 225-219-7462 for business taxes.

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Applying for an Extension to File 2010 Louisiana Income Tax Returns

The most efficient, effective method of requesting an extension to file 2010 Louisiana income tax returns is to do so electronically.

For corporation income tax returns, you may use commercially available tax preparation software that supports the electronic filing of the Louisiana Application for Extension to File Corporation Income and Franchise Tax (Form CIFT-620EXT).  If your software does not allow for preparation of Form CIFT-620EXT, the following options are available:

  • Requesting the extension with LDR’s online Bulk Extension Filing application at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/bulkextension.
  • Submitting a paper copy of Form CIFT-620EXT.  This fillable form is available at revenue.louisiana.gov/taxforms.
  • Submitting a paper copy of the IRS Automatic Extension of Time to File Certain Business Income Tax, Information, and Other Returns (Form 7004).  When using this method, be sure to include the Louisiana Corporation Income and Franchise tax account number at the top of the form.

To make a payment with an extension request, you must do so through the commercial software electronic option; the Louisiana Taxpayer Access Point (LaTAP) at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/latap; or with paper copies of Form CIFT-620EXT or IRS Form 7004.  The online Bulk Filing Extension application does not accommodate electronic payments.

Corporation income extension requests for 2010 calendar year returns are due no later than Friday, April 15, 2011.

To request an extension to file a Louisiana Individual Income Tax Return, use one of the following methods:

  • Request an extension using commercially available tax preparation software
  • File an extension request with Louisiana File Online at revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline
  • Request an extension through the Bulk Extension Filing application
  • Submit a paper copy of Louisiana Form R-2868. This fillable form is available at revenue.louisiana.gov/taxforms
  • Submit a paper copy of IRS Form 4868.

To make a payment with an individual income tax extension request, you must do so through Louisiana File Online, the commercial software electronic option, or with paper copies of Form R-2868 or IRS Form 4868.  The online Bulk Filing Extension application does not accommodate electronic payments.

Individual income extension requests for 2010 tax-year returns are due no later than May 16, 2011.

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Filing extensions must be requested before filing deadline

Individuals requesting filing extensions for state income tax returns due on May 17, 2010, must submit their requests on or before the due date.  Individual taxpayers can request filing extensions through Louisiana File Online at fileonline.revenue.louisiana.gov.

Corporations requesting filing extensions for Corporation Income and Franchise tax returns due on April 15, 2010, must submit their requests on or before the due date.

Bulk filing extensions are available and can be submitted electronically.  Tax preparers using the bulk electronic filing extension option must have an Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) or a current Louisiana Revenue Account Number registered with the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Copies of federal filing extensions filed with the IRS are also acceptable if filed by the due date of the return.  Mail copies to:

    Return Extension

    Louisiana Department of Revenue

    P.O. Box 751

    Baton Rouge, LA 70821

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