Louisiana income tax deadline day is today

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If you haven't settled up with the state of Louisiana for your income taxes, today is the deadline day.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue is reminding filers that need more time, that an extension is only a legal delay to file... not to pay.

"An extension provides more time to prepare and file a Louisiana individual income tax return," Spokesman Byron Henderson explained. "It does not grant additional time to pay any taxes due. Tax payments received after the May 15 deadline are subject to interest and late-payment penalties."

He adds that if you don't file anything, that's even worse.

"Louisiana taxpayers who need more time to file their state individual income taxes must submit their extension requests before the May 15, 2019, filing deadline. Failure to request an extension before the deadline can result in late-filing penalties."

You can file your taxes with the state by clicking here...

Extension requests can be submitted electronically by clicking here...  

The state offers these "Steps to Insure Fast, Accurate Return & Refund Processing":

  • File electronically – The expected refund processing time for returns filed electronically is up to 45 days; for paper returns, expect to wait up 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; 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.
  • 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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