LDR Systems Not Impacted by IRS System Outage

BATON ROUGE –The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is currently experiencing a hardware failure affecting a number of their federal tax processing systems. As a result, several of their systems are not operating at the time, including their modernized e-file system and a number of other related systems.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue’s tax processing systems are not impacted by the system outage that the IRS is currently experiencing. Taxpayers can continue to prepare and file their state tax returns as they normally would. To file their taxes, taxpayers can use commercial tax preparation software or visit Louisiana File Online, the state’s free web portal for individual and business tax filers at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline.

The department also reminds taxpayers that during this tax season, the agency is implementing enhanced security measures to protect Louisiana citizens against increased occurrences of tax fraud. As a result, it will take additional time to process refunds. The expected refund processing time for returns filed electronically is up to 60 days. For paper returns, taxpayers should expect to wait 12 to 14 weeks.

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State income tax filing begins today, refunds to be issued within 60 days of return being filed

BATON ROUGE – Tuesday, January 19 is the day the Louisiana Department of Revenue begins accepting and processing 2015 state individual income tax returns.  The filing deadline is Monday, May 16.

The department enters this tax season with a focus on safeguarding taxpayers against fraud.  

During the past two years, LDR has saved taxpayers more than $25 million through its anti-tax fraud initiatives. Additionally, more than 50 individuals have been arrested under a statewide initiative to crack down on tax fraud in Louisiana.

The department has responded to increasing occurrences of tax fraud by implementing enhanced security measures to protect Louisiana taxpayers. This means it will take additional time to process refunds. The expected refund processing time for returns filed electronically is up to 60 days. For paper returns, taxpayers should expect to wait 12 to 14 weeks. 

LDR uses all available technology and resources to help protect and safeguard taxpayers against fraudulent activity. To protect taxpayers against fraud, including the suspicion of identity theft, a tax refund can be delayed while the department thoroughly reviews the suspicious tax return. When this occurs, the taxpayer is contacted through written correspondence with further instructions.  

Taxpayers can also experience delays in receiving their refund if they fail to keep their most current contact information on file, including their name, address, and telephone number.  If needed, taxpayers can visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov to update their contact information. To file taxes electronically, taxpayers can visit Louisiana File Online, the state’s free web portal for individual and business tax filers at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline. 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

There are no fees associated with the use of Louisiana File Online. Taxpayers may also use commercial tax preparation software to file their state income taxes

Taxpayers can check the status of a refund by visiting: www.revenue.louisiana.gov/refund or by calling 1-888-829-3071.  Taxpayers should note these applications are updated only once every business morning with the latest information on refunds. Taxpayers should only call LDR once their return has exceeded the expected processing times of 60 days for electronic returns and 14 weeks for paper returns. 

Citizens needing 2015 state income tax forms will be able to download them on January 19 at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/taxforms.  In addition, the Department provides important tips for taxpayers in selecting a preparer and operates a fraud hotline (1-866-940-7053).

 

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Louisiana state income tax filing begins Tuesday, Jan. 19; LDR implements enhanced security measures to crack down on fraudulent activity to safeguard taxpayers

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) will begin accepting and processing 2015 state individual income tax returns on Tues, Jan. 19. That’s the same day that processing begins at the  Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Department also enters this tax season with a focus on safeguarding taxpayers against fraud.

During the past two years, LDR has saved taxpayers more than $38 million through its anti-tax fraud initiatives. Additionally, more than 50 individuals have been arrested under a statewide initiative to crack down on tax fraud in Louisiana.

The department has responded to increasing occurrences of tax fraud by implementing enhanced security measures to protect Louisiana taxpayers. This means it will take additional time to process refunds. The expected refund processing time for returns filed electronically is up to 60 days. For paper returns, taxpayers should expect to wait 12 to 14 weeks.

LDR uses all available technology and resources to help protect and safeguard taxpayers against fraudulent activity. To protect taxpayers against fraud, including the suspicion of identity theft, a tax refund can be delayed while the department thoroughly reviews the suspicious tax return. When this occurs, the taxpayer is contacted through written correspondence with further instructions.

Taxpayers can also experience delays in receiving their refund if they fail to keep their most current contact information on file, including their name, address, and telephone number.  If needed, taxpayers can visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov to update their contact information. To file taxes electronically, taxpayers can visit Louisiana File Online, the state’s free web portal for individual and business tax filers at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline. 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

There are no fees associated with the use of Louisiana File Online. Taxpayers may also use commercial tax preparation software to file their state income taxes.

Taxpayers can check the status of a refund by visiting: www.revenue.louisiana.gov/refund or by calling 1-888-829-3071.  Taxpayers should note these applications are updated only once every business morning with the latest information on refunds. Taxpayers should only call LDR once their return has exceeded the expected processing times of 60 days for electronic returns and 14 weeks for paper returns.

Citizens needing 2015 state income tax forms will be able to download them on January 19 at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/taxforms.  In addition, the Department provides important tips for taxpayers in selecting a preparer and operates a fraud hotline(1-866-940-7053).

This year’s filing deadline for 2015 individual income tax returns is Monday, May 16. The deadline is normally May 15, but since that date falls on a Sunday this year the filing deadline has been extended to the next business day, May 16.

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Tips for Taxpayers

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 60 days; for paper returns, expect to wait 12 to 14 weeks.
  • Taxpayers should update personal information if their name or address 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 electronically no later than the May 16 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.

Basic tips to taxpayers in choosing a reputable tax preparer include:

  • Try to find a preparer who will be around to answer questions after the return has been filed.
  • Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of the amount of the refund or who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers without first reviewing your returns.
  • Review and ask questions before signing a return.
  • Ask others that you know who have used that preparer if they were satisfied with the services that they received.
  • Ask any preparer that you are considering for references.
  • Ask and verify if the preparer belongs to a professional organization that requires its members to pursue continuing education and also holds them accountable to a code of ethics.
  • Always question entries on your return that you don’t understand.
  • Never sign a blank return.
  • Insist that the preparer sign the return and provide his appropriate information on the return.
  • The preparer should meet with the taxpayer and go over the return before it is filed.
  • Taxpayers should be provided a copy of their return before it is filed.
  • Pay attention to media reports of persons who have been convicted of tax fraud.
  • Taxpayers should be aware that the information that they provide to their preparer could be used to commit identity theft by an unscrupulous preparer.

Taxpayers should also:

  • Remember that they are ultimately responsible for what is included on their tax returns.
  • Beware of telephone scams purported to come from LDR and remember that LDR will not:
      • Call a taxpayer to demand immediate payment or call about taxes owed without first having mailed a bill.
      • Demand the payment of taxes without allowing the taxpayer to question or appeal the amount owed.
      • Require the use of a specific method of payment.
      • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the telephone.
      • If taxpayer feels that they are a victim of a telephone tax scam, contact:
      • LDR Criminal Investigations Division on its fraud hotline at 866.940.7053.
      • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ftc.gov/complaint

 

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Louisiana state income tax filing begins January 20, 2015

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) will begin accepting 2014 state individual income tax returns the same day as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Tues., Jan. 20. LDR will begin processing returns on Feb. 3 and will start issuing refunds Tues., Feb. 24.

Following the initial Feb. 24 refund date, the expected refund processing time for returns filed electronically is up to 21 days. For paper returns, taxpayers should expect to wait 8 to 10 weeks.

Additionally, to safeguard taxpayers against fraudulent activity, including the suspicion of identity theft, a small percentage of refunds are delayed. When this occurs, the taxpayer is contacted through written correspondence with further instructions.

Delays can also occur when taxpayers fail to keep their most current contact information on file, including their name, address, and telephone number. If needed, taxpayers can visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov to update their contact information.

On January 20, state income tax forms will become available at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/taxforms.

To file taxes electronically, taxpayers can visit Louisiana File Online, the state’s free web portal for individual and business tax filers at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline. 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

There are no fees associated with its use. Taxpayers may also use commercial tax preparation software to file their state income taxes.

Taxpayers can check the status of a refund by visiting www.revenue.louisiana.gov/refund or by calling 888-829-3071. Taxpayers should note these applications are updated only once every business morning with the latest information on refunds. Taxpayers should only call LDR once their return has exceeded the expected processing times of 21 days for electronic returns and 10 weeks for paper returns.

The state income tax filing deadline is Fri., May 15, 2015.

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Tips for Taxpayers 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 8 to 10 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.

Basic tips to taxpayers in choosing a reputable tax preparer include:

  • Try to find a preparer who will be around to answer questions after the return has been filed.
  • Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of the amount of the refund or who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers without first reviewing your returns.
  • Review and ask questions before signing a return.
  • Ask others that you know who have used that preparer if they were satisfied with the services that they received.
  • Ask any preparer that you are considering for references.
  • Ask and verify if the preparer belongs to a professional organization that requires its members to pursue continuing education and also holds them accountable to a code of ethics.
  • Always question entries on your return that you don’t understand.
  • Never sign a blank return.
  • Insist that the preparer sign the return and provide his appropriate information on the return.
  • The preparer should meet with the taxpayer and go over the return before it is filed.
  • Taxpayers should be provided a copy of their return before it is filed.
  • Pay attention to media reports of persons who have been convicted of tax fraud.
  • Taxpayers should be aware that the information that they provide to their preparer could be used to commit identity theft by an unscrupulous preparer.

Taxpayers should also:

- Remember that they are ultimately responsible for what is included on their tax returns.

- Beware of telephone scams purported to come from LDR and remember that LDR will not:

  • Call a taxpayer to demand immediate payment or call about taxes owed without first having mailed a bill.
  • Demand the payment of taxes without allowing the taxpayer to question or appeal the amount owed.
  • Require the use of a specific method of payment.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the telephone.

If taxpayer feels that they are a victim of a telephone tax scam, contact:

  • LDR Criminal Investigations Division on its fraud hotline at 866.940.7053.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ftc.gov/complaint.

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Louisiana state income tax filing begins January 30, 2013

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) will begin processing 2012 state individual income tax returns on January 30, 2013.  On that date, 2012 state income tax forms will become available at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/taxforms and at LDR offices and public libraries throughout the state.  Louisiana File Online, the state’s electronic filing application, will begin accepting returns on that date, as well.

The state income tax filing deadline is May 15.

LDR recommends the following steps to ensure the speed and accuracy of tax return and refund processing:

  • File electronically – The average refund processing time for returns filed electronically is ten business days; for returns filed on paper, the delay is 12 to 16 weeks
  • Update your personal information if you have moved or changed your name during the tax year
  • Double-check return information – 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 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 posting
  • Make checks or money orders payable to the Louisiana Department of Revenue; do not send cash
  • If filing on paper, attach the proper label to the mailing envelope

Visit the LDR website for the locations of agency headquarters and field offices.

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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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Department of Revenue to begin accepting state income tax returns on Jan. 17, 2012

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.

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Louisiana tax filing deadline is May 16, 2011

BATON ROUGE – This year’s filing deadline for 2010 Louisiana Individual Income Tax Return forms is Monday, May 16, 2011, the Louisiana Department of Revenue announced Friday.

The deadline is May 15 ordinarily, but that date falls on a Sunday this year.  Therefore, the filing deadline is extended to the next business day, May 16.

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Fax supporting documents for individual returns filed electronically

CORRECTION (Corrected Fax Number)

The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) reminds taxpayers and tax preparers that they can fax to LDR supporting documents for Louisiana Individual Income Tax Returns filed electronically.

The fax number for supporting documents is 225-219-6221 225-231-6221.

LDR recommends that tax preparers transmit information for one taxpayer per fax transmission. Attempting to send information for more than one taxpayer per transmission delays processing and increases the likelihood of errors.

When faxing supporting documents, place the Social Security Number and tax year on each page of the materials.

More information is available on the LDR website.

In addition, LDR encourages the use of Louisiana File Online, the fast, easy-to-use, free tax filing application.  With Louisiana File Online, you can instantly and securely upload scanned copies of your supporting documents.

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