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Louisiana state income tax filing begins January 31, 2014

January 2, 2014

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) will begin processing 2013 state individual income tax returns on January 31, 2014. On that date, 2013 state income tax forms will become available at Louisiana File Online, the state’s free electronic filing application will begin accepting returns on that date, as well.

The state income tax filing deadline is May 15, 2014.

LDR recommends the following steps to ensure the fastest, most accurate tax return and refund processing:

• File electronically – The expected refund processing time for returns filed electronically is up to 21 days; for paper returns, expect to wait 12 to 16 weeks
• Update your personal information if your name or address has changed during the tax year
• Double-check return information – Ensure that all Social Security numbers and tax computations are correct, and that all names and Social Security numbers are in the same order as previous years; 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
• If additional tax is due, include the remittance coupon to ensure proper payment posting
• 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


Louisiana File Online is the state’s free web portal for individual and business tax filers. With Louisiana File Online, taxpayers can:

• File returns and pay taxes electronically
• Check the status of individual income tax refunds
• Amend tax returns
• View business tax information for current and previous years
Louisiana File Online is a public service from the Department of Revenue. There are no fees associated with its use. Visit

Taxpayers may also use commercial tax preparation software to file their state income taxes.


For media inquiries, contact:
Byron Henderson
Public Information Director