Important Changes Coming to LDR Tax Refund Options

BATON ROUGE – Due to J.P. Morgan Chase eliminating its debit card services, taxpayers will no longer be able to choose the MyRefund Debit Card as an option to receive their tax refund from the Louisiana Department of Revenue, effective Friday, October 2.

Taxpayers will continue to have the option of receiving their tax refund through direct deposit or by a paper check. The department strongly urges taxpayers to choose the direct deposit option to ensure the fastest and most secure means to receive their refunds.

Any refunds approved and processed by LDR after October 2, where taxpayers have requested a MyRefund Debit Card for their refund option, will default to a paper check and will be mailed to the taxpayer’s address on file.

Existing MyRefund Debit Card holders with funds currently available on their cards will still be able to use them after October 2; however, once funds are depleted, they will not have the option to request that future refunds be placed on a card.

For additional information about tax refund options, visit or call 1-855-307-3893.


Louisiana taxpayers receive more than half-billion dollars in state individual income tax refunds

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) has distributed more than half a billion dollars in individual state income tax refunds to Louisiana taxpayers for the 2011 tax year.

As of Friday, April 20, the total of individual income tax refunds was $534,031,761.11.  The average refund amount was $438.12.

“We’re processing returns faster, getting taxpayers their money back faster, and doing it at less cost to the state than ever before,” said Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges. “This is due, in large part, to the growing use of electronic and online filing.”

To date, LDR has processed more than 1.5 million individual income tax returns that were filed electronically.  This is ten weeks earlier than the same benchmark was reached in 2011.

Electronic filing methods include LDR’s free online filing system, Louisiana File Online, and a variety of commercially available software applications.

Seventy percent of this year’s refunds, $374.6 million, have been distributed via direct deposit.  Direct deposit is available only to taxpayers who file their taxes electronically.  It is the fastest, most secure method of refund distribution.

The next largest amount of refunds went out via the Louisiana MyRefund Card, a pre-paid debit card used to distribute refunds mostly to taxpayers who file paper returns.  Taxpayers have received $134.2 million through the MyRefund Card program.

Taxpayers receiving paper checks have received $25.1 million in refunds for this tax season.


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.


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
  • 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

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.


Department of Revenue announces 2010 interest rates on tax refunds and assessments

The Louisiana Department of Revenue announces the 2010 interest rates for tax assessments and refunds.

Revenue Information Bulletin (RIB) 10-001 explains the 2010 interest rate on unpaid taxes.

Revenue Information Bulletin (RIB) 10-002 explains the 2010 interest rate on refunds of tax overpayments.

A Revenue Information Bulletin (RIB) is issued under the authority of LAC 61:III.101(D). A RIB is an informal statement of information issued for the public and employees that is general in nature. A RIB does not have the force and effect of law and is not binding on the public or on the Department of Revenue.