Louisiana state income tax filing begins January 31, 2014

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) will begin processing 2013 state individual income tax returns on January 31, 2014. On that date, 2013 state income tax forms will become available at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/taxformsLouisiana File Online, the state’s free electronic filing application will begin accepting returns on that date, as well.

The state income tax filing deadline is May 15, 2014.

LDR recommends the following steps to ensure the fastest, most accurate tax return and refund processing:

  • File electronically – The expected refund processing time for returns filed electronically is up to 21 days; for paper returns, expect to wait 12 to 16 weeks
  • Update your personal information if your name or address has changed during the tax year
  • Double-check return information – Ensure that all Social Security numbers and tax computations are correct, and that all names and Social Security numbers are in the same order as previous years; math errors and incorrect tax-table information are leading causes of delayed refunds
  • Include all supporting information such as W-2s; use paperclips, not staples, if filing a paper return
  • Apply for extensions in a timely manner – Extension requests must be filed no later than the May 15 income tax filing deadline
  • If additional tax is due, include the remittance coupon to ensure proper payment posting
  • Make checks or money orders payable to the Louisiana Department of Revenue; do not send cash
  • If filing a paper return, attach the proper label to the mailing envelope

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Louisiana File Online is the state’s free web portal for individual and business tax filers. With Louisiana File Online, taxpayers can:

  • File returns and pay taxes electronically
  • Check the status of individual income tax refunds
  • Amend tax returns
  • View business tax information for current and previous years

Louisiana File Online is a public service from the Department of Revenue. There are no fees associated with its use. Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline.   

Taxpayers may also use commercial tax preparation software to file their state income taxes.

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Check state income tax refund status online with “Where’s My Refund?”

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana taxpayers can go online to check the status of their state income tax refunds. 

Visit the “Where’s My Refund?” page at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/refund and enter four pieces of information:

  • Social Security Number
  • Tax Year
  • Filing Status
  • Anticipated Refund Amount

Taxpayers who file paper returns should allow 12-16 weeks before checking the status of their refunds.

Information on electronic returns is available in an average of ten business days.

Taxpayers can also call the “Where’s My Refund?” automated phone line at 888-829-3071.

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Millions in income tax refunds headed for Unclaimed Property unless taxpayers take action

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BATON ROUGE – Millions of dollars in state income tax refunds will become unclaimed property if taxpayers don’t claim them by August 24, 2012.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue issued letters to 7,462 taxpayers advising them to claim their refunds by August 24, or the funds will revert to the Unclaimed Property Division of the state treasurer’s office.  The total amount of unclaimed refunds is $4,439,963.38.

The advisory involves un-cashed state income tax refund checks dated June 30, 2011, or before, in the amount $50 or more.  These checks are no longer valid.  Taxpayers who want to claim these refunds before they revert to Unclaimed Property must submit a voucher to request a replacement.  The voucher accompanies the letters alerting taxpayers to the August 24 deadline.

If they miss the LDR deadline, taxpayers can claim their refunds from the state treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division.

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Tips to speed up your state income tax refund

BATON ROUGE – A few simple steps can help to avoid unnecessary delays for state income tax refunds, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) announced Wednesday.

Many refunds are delayed unnecessarily because of common errors and omissions.  One leading cause of a delayed refund is the taxpayer’s failure to check the change of address box on the tax return.  Any refund sent to an incorrect address is returned to LDR by the post office.  If you have moved since you last filed your taxes, be sure to update your address.

Steps to avoid delayed refunds include:

  1. File electronically.  The average processing time for refunds is about ten days when you use 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 Louisiana File Online at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline.
  2. Check and 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.
  3. Be sure to sign the return (spouses also, if applicable).
  4. Include all supporting documentation, such as W-2s.  Use paperclips, not staples, if filing a paper return.
  5. Apply for extensions in a timely manner.  This year’s deadline for a state filing extension application is May 16, 2011. You must apply separately for a state filing extension.  It will not be granted automatically with a federal filing extension request.
  6. If additional tax is due, include the remittance coupon to ensure proper posting.
  7. Make checks or money orders payable to the Louisiana Department of Revenue.  Do not send cash.
  8. Update your personal information if you have moved or changed your name during the tax year.
  9. Attach the proper label to the mailing envelope.
  10. Do not include copies of the federal return with the state return.

To check the status of your Louisiana state income tax refund, visit “Where’s My Refund?” at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/refund  or call 888-829-3071.

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‘IRS Seeks to Return $164.6 Million in Undelivered Checks to Taxpayers; Recommends E-file and Direct Deposit to Eliminate Future Delivery Problems ‘

The Internal Revenue Service is looking to return $164.6 million in undelivered refund checks. Nationwide, a total of 111,893 taxpayers are due one or more refund checks that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors.

In Louisiana, 1,618 taxpayers are owed money due to undeliverable refunds. The average refund owed to Louisiana taxpayers is $1,148.00

For Louisiana, undelivered refund checks average is up from $1,080 last year.

The total amount of refunds due to Louisiana taxpayers is $1,857,999.00

“We want to make sure taxpayers get the money owed to them,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “If you think you are missing a refund, the sooner you update your address information, the quicker you can get your money.”

A taxpayer only needs to update his or her address once for the IRS to send out all checks due. Undelivered refund checks average $1,471 this year, compared to $1,148 last year. Some taxpayers are due more than one check.

The public should be aware that the IRS does not contact taxpayers by e-mail to alert them of pending refunds and that such messages are common identity theft scams.  The agency urges taxpayers not to release any personal information, reply, open any attachments or click on any links to avoid malicious code that will infect their computers.  The best way for an individual to verify if she or he has a pending refund is going directly to IRS.gov and using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool.

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LDR announces website, toll-free number to answer “Where’s my refund?”

BATON ROUGE – Taxpayers wanting information on the status of their state income tax refund can find it online or by calling a toll-free number the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) announced Tuesday.

LDR’s “Where’s My Refund?” website is available at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/refund.  Taxpayers can also call 1-888-829-3071. 

Taxpayers who file their returns electronically with Louisiana File Online (www.fileonline.revenue.louisiana.gov) can expect their refunds within 14 days of filing.  Taxpayers who file paper returns can expect to wait 6-8 weeks.

 

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