Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to request a state income tax extension if I am unable to file my return before the due date?
Yes. Revised Statute 47:103 allows a taxpayer to make a request for a six-month extension of time to file the individual income tax return. The extension request must be made electronically before the state tax filing due date, which is May 15th for calendar year filers or the 15th day of the 5th month after the close of the fiscal year for fiscal year filers. Extension requests received after the return’s due date will not be honored.
The four options for requesting an extension are as follows:
- Filing an extension request electronically via the Louisiana Department of Revenue’s Individual Income Online Tax Filing application or the Online Extension Filing application;
- Filing an extension request electronically via LDR’s IVR phone system by calling 225-922-3270 or 888-829-3071. For an extension request, select option #3, and then select option #1. Taxpayers will need the social security number of the primary account holder to request the extension; or
- Submitting a state extension to LDR by “checking the state extension box” included in the tax preparation software for an electronically-filed return.
- Submitting Form R-2867, Transmittal of Federal Extension, along with a copy of your federal paper extension or a copy of the receipt for an electronically filed federal extension.
Please note that the extension does not allow an extension of time to pay the tax due. Payments received after the return due date will be charged interest and late payment penalty. To avoid interest and penalty assessments, the estimated taxes due should be paid before the original due date.