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 www.revenue.louisiana.gov/refund.
“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.
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:
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.
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.
Be sure to sign the return (spouses also, if applicable).
Include all supporting documentation, such as W-2s. Use paperclips, not staples, if filing a paper return.
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.
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.
Update your personal information if you have moved or changed your name during the tax year.
Attach the proper label to the mailing envelope.
Do not include copies of the federal return with the state return.
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.
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.