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Reminder: State Individual Income Tax Deadline is May 17

Electronic filers receive their refunds much faster

May 10, 2004

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana taxpayers will have an extra two days to file their state individual income tax return this year because the statutory deadline of May 15th falls on a Saturday, announced Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges. She says state law provides that if a tax deadline falls on either a weekend or a holiday, the deadline is automatically moved to the next business day.

Bridges also strongly advises taxpayers to file and /or pay electronically and points out they may do so through the Department of Revenue’s web page. Taxpayers filing their return electronically will receive their refund in the fastest possible time. Bridges reminds taxpayers that they should include the payment voucher with any non-electronic payment and include their Social Security Number on the payment. Taxpayers should NOT SEND CASH as payment and should clearly note any change of address.

Military personnel assigned to combat zones in and around Iraq and Afghanistan automatically receive extensions to file beginning from the date they start serving in the combat zone and extending to 180 days after leaving the combat zone. To the extent that federal law allows, interest and penalties attributable to the filing extension will not be charged on the state return, Bridges says. Personnel receiving combat extensions, or persons representing those personnel, should note the name of the combat zone and the dates of service in that zone at the top of their state return and also on it’s envelope when the return is filed. Any power of attorney or any statement signed by the taxpayer authorizing another person to act on his behalf should also be attached to the return.

Taxpayers, other than military personnel in a combat zone, who need an extension of time to file a state return should use Louisiana Department of Revenue Form R-6465, Application for Extension of Time to File Louisiana Individual Income Tax, Partnership, or Fiduciary Return. A copy of this form is included in the printed tax booklet mailed to taxpayers in January and is also available from any regional office of the Department or can be downloaded from the Department’s website at The state also accepts any extension granted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The extension should be attached to the state return when it is filed. It should be noted that an extension only extends the time to file, not the time to pay any tax that is due on May 17th. Failure to pay the tax in full by the filing deadline will result in the assessment of interest and a penalty.

Tax forms and extension forms are available at any regional office of the Department or may be downloaded from the Department’s website at Regional offices of the Department are as follows: Alexandria, 201 Johnson Street, Suite 100, (318) 487-5333; Baton Rouge (Headquarters Office), 617 N. Third St, (225) 219-7318; Baton Rouge (Regional Office), 8549 United Plaza Blvd., Suite 200, (225) 922-2300; Lafayette, 825 Kaliste Saloom Road, Brandywine III, Suite, 150, (337) 262-5455; Lake Charles, One Lakeshore Drive, Suite 1550, (337) 491-2504; Monroe, 122 St. John Street, Room 105, (318) 362-3151; New Orleans, 1555 Poydras Street, Suite 900, (504) 568-5233; Shreveport, 1525 Fairfield Avenue, (318) 676-7505; and Thibodaux, 1418 Tiger Drive, (985) 447-0976.

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Byron Henderson
Public Information Director