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Louisiana state income tax filing begins Monday, Jan. 28...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2018 state individual income tax returns on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. The date coincides with the date the IRS begins accepting 2018 federal income tax returns.

 

On Jan. 28, Louisiana taxpayers can begin filing their state income tax returns electronically through Louisiana File Online, the state’s free web portal for individual tax filers. Through Louisiana File Online, at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/FileOnline, taxpayers can:

 

  • File returns and pay taxes electronically
  • Check the status of individual income tax refunds
  • Amend current and prior-year tax returns
  • Request a filing extension

 

Also on Jan. 28, taxpayers can begin submitting returns to the state through commercially available tax preparation software; or they can download paper tax forms from the LDR website at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/Forms. Updated printed forms will not be available before Jan. 28.

 

LDR has implemented enhanced security measures to protect Louisiana taxpayers from identity theft and other types of tax fraud. If returns do not trigger any fraud indicators, taxpayers can expect their tax refunds within 45 days of the filing date if they file electronically, and within 14 weeks if they file paper returns.

 

Taxpayers can minimize delays in receiving their refunds by updating their contact information with LDR, including name, address and telephone number. If you have moved or changed your name since your last tax filing, update your contact information at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/AddressChange.

 

2018 Louisiana Individual Income Tax returns are due May 15, 2019.

 

 

Tips for Taxpayers

 

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.

 

Tips for Choosing a Reputable Tax Preparer

 

  • 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 as the paid preparer of the return and provide his/her 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.

 

 

Special events vendors encouraged to register as sales tax users at Department of Revenue’s New Orleans office...Continue Reading

 

NEW ORLEANS – Prospective vendors at special events in Louisiana, such as next month’s Voodoo Fest, are encouraged to register as soon as possible to collect and remit sales taxes to the state.

 

The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) requires all individuals and entities making retail sales within the state to collect and remit sales tax, even if selling only one time per year at special events such as festivals, fairs, concerts and craft shows. Failure to collect and remit sales taxes can result in late filing and payment penalties, along with interest.

 

In New Orleans, special events vendors can register as sales tax users at the LDR New Orleans regional office in Benson Towers, 1450 Poydras, Suite 800. The office is open for walk-in customer service Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Services include:

 

·         Special event registrations

·         Filing and paying business taxes

·         Submitting completed state Individual Income Tax returns (staff cannot assist with the completion of IIT returns)

·         Boat registrations

·         ATC/video poker/lottery/driver’s license/Wildlife & Fisheries tax clearances

·         Payment plans

·         Resolving bank levies and wage garnishments

 

If you can’t make it to the LDR New Orleans regional office, you can register as a sales tax user online at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/LaTAP.

 

For more information, contact Special.Events@la.gov.  

 

 

Protect tax records and financial documents from weather-related threats...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – To mark National Preparedness Month, the Louisiana Department of Revenue encourages taxpayers to protect their tax records and other financial documents from flood damage and other weather-related threats.

 

“A few simple steps can help to minimize hardship and confusion in the aftermath of a storm,” Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Lewis Robinson said. “There is no substitute for being prepared.”

 

Keep documents secure

Paper records are especially vulnerable to water damage. Protect these documents by placing them in airtight plastic containers or zip closure bags, and moving them out of harm’s way.

Use paperless media & cloud storage

Bank statements and other financial documents are available as electronic records from your financial institution. Preserve these records by saving them to portable memory drives or burning them to CDs. Store them in airtight containers.

Scan important records such as tax returns, W-2s and payroll records into an electronic format. Many commercially available home printers include scanning features.

Web-based email services offer account holders free online data storage. You can upload electronic records to cloud storage from your home or business computer and retrieve them later from any device with internet access. This can be helpful if you are evacuated.

Document valuables & business equipment

Compile a room-by-room list of your belongings or business equipment. Photograph or videotape the contents of your home or business, especially items of high value. Having a visual record of your valuables can provide proof for an insurance claim, and can help to verify a loss claim on state and federal tax returns.

Get a Game Plan

 

If you have to leave your home to escape severe weather, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness recommends you bring the following documents with you in a portable, waterproof container:

 

  • Driver's license or personal identification
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
  • Insurance policies
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Stocks, bonds and other negotiable certificates
  • Wills, deeds and copies of recent tax returns

Following a disaster, the Department of Revenue will provide information on potential tax deductions or credits, filing extensions and other tax-related relief. Bookmark www.revenue.louisiana.gov on your computer or save it to the home screen of your mobile device. Follow @larevenue on Twitter for real-time updates.

 

 

Filing Dates

01/25 Friday
Interstate Motor Fuel User
01/30 Wednesday
Telecommunication Tax for the Deaf
01/31 Thursday
Employer's Annual Reconciliation of Withholding Tax Withheld (L-3)
Louisiana Withholding Tax Form (L-1 Return) - 4th Quarter - Quarterly and Monthtly Payment Frequencies
02/15 Friday
Alcoholic Beverage Tax
02/20 Wednesday
Sales and Use Tax
Prepaid Wireless Telecommunications 911 Service Charge
Hotel Occupancy Tax
Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Food and Beverage Tax
Beer Tax

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