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Many Louisiana residents eligible for unclaimed $1,200 federal COVID-19 stimulus payments...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Nearly 160,000 Louisiana residents could be eligible for unclaimed federal COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. The deadline to register a claim on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website is Oct. 15, 2020.

 

The IRS is mailing letters to more than 8.8 million Americans who could be eligible for unclaimed stimulus payments that the federal government began distributing in March to relieve the financial stress on families affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The payments are $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples, with an additional $500 per dependent.

 

According to the IRS, 159,575 Louisiana residents will receive letters encouraging them to register by Oct. 15. The majority are people who are not required to file federal income tax returns due to low incomes based on data reported to the IRS.

 

Eligible residents are U.S. citizens, permanent residents and qualifying resident aliens who meet the income requirements, have a valid Social Security Number and cannot be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer. Taxpayers not registering by the Oct. 15 deadline will have to wait until 2021 to claim their stimulus payment as a refund on their 2020 tax return. 

 

Visit IRS.gov/coronavirus for more information.

 

 

Department of Revenue extends tax deadlines for areas affected by Hurricane Laura...Continue Reading

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana taxpayers affected by Hurricane Laura may be eligible for automatic tax filing and payment extensions if their homes, principal places of business, critical tax records or paid tax preparers are located in parishes that have been declared federal disaster areas.

"Hurricane Laura brought devastation to many families and businesses across our state, and taxes are the last thing on their minds" said Louisiana Department of Revenue Secretary Kimberly Lewis Robinson. "With these automatic tax extensions in place, those families and businesses can focus on the rebuilding process. When the time comes to file these extended tax returns, we encourage taxpayers who cannot pay all at once to enter into payment plans so their accounts remain in good standing with the Department of Revenue."

For individual income, corporate income and franchise, fiduciary income, partnership, and partnership composite tax returns and payments due between Aug. 24 and Nov. 2, 2020, the extended due date is Dec. 31, 2020. Withholding, sales, severance and excise tax returns and payments due between Aug. 24 and Nov. 2, 2020, are now due Nov. 30, 2020. Taxpayers who are eligible for these extensions may also request relief for audit and litigation matters.

If penalties or interest began accruing on the return or tax before Aug. 24, 2020, the taxpayer will not be eligible for this relief.

Tax returns and payments submitted by the extended deadlines will not be subject to interest or to late filing or payment penalties.

Declared disaster areas include Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lincoln, Natchitotches, Ouachita, Rapides, Sabine, Vermillion, Vernon and Winn parishes. If additional parishes are declared federal disaster areas, LDR will issue guidance to include those parishes in this relief.

Gov. Edwards Appoints Ernest P. Legier, Jr. Commissioner of the ATC and Terry C. Landry as Deputy Commissioner of the ATC...Continue Reading

 

 

BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed Ernest P. Legier, Jr. commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC). Legier has been serving as acting ATC commissioner since June. In addition, Gov. Edwards has appointed former state representative Terry C. Landry as deputy commissioner of ATC.

 

Legier has worked with ATC since 2016, when he joined the office as supervising attorney. He served later as chief of staff and deputy commissioner. Legier’s private-sector experience includes more than 20 years practicing law and tenures as executive director of Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A and vice president of business development for the American Arbitration Association. He earned a B.A. in political science from the University of New Orleans and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University of New Orleans. He will complete his MBA from UNO in December 2020. Legier is a veteran of the Louisiana Air National Guard.

 

“I’m pleased to make these announcements today and look forward to working with both Ernest Legier and Terry Landry,” said Gov. Edwards. “I have every confidence that their experience, knowledge and leadership will build upon the agency’s effective regulation of the alcohol and tobacco industries.”

 

“I thank Gov. Edwards for this opportunity to continue working with the dedicated men and women of ATC,” Legier said. “I share their commitment to maintaining the integrity of Louisiana’s alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries through the impartial and just enforcement of the state’s laws.”

 

Terry C. Landry is a former state lawmaker who represented House District 96, including parts of Iberia, Lafayette and St. Martin parishes, from 2011 to 2019. His long career in public service also includes duty in the U.S. Army, the New Iberia Police Department and Louisiana State Police (LSP), where he made history as the first African-American superintendent of LSP. 

 

The appointments of Commissioner Legier and Deputy Commissioner Landry are effective immediately. 

 

 

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