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Woman convicted of tax fraud barred from working as tax preparer in Louisiana...Continue Reading

BATON ROUGE – A St. Mary Parish woman is barred permanently from working as a tax preparer in Louisiana following guilty pleas on multiple fraud charges and a lawsuit filed by the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Dawanna Monay Monroe (booking photo), of Patterson, was arrested in 2020 for a tax fraud scheme involving fabricated business losses for companies that did not exist. After Monroe pled guilty to charges of filing false public records and illegal transmission of monetary funds, litigators with the Department of Revenue sued her to prevent her from working as a tax preparer in the state.

A consent judgment signed Dec. 20, 2021, bars Monroe from filing, assisting in, or directing the preparation of any Louisiana tax return but her own.

Monroe is the seventh person barred from working as a tax preparer in the state since Act 526 of the 2018 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature authorized the Department of Revenue to file lawsuits against preparers who commit fraud.

Tips for choosing a reputable preparer

As taxpayers start filing their 2021 tax returns, it is important to be selective when hiring a paid preparer. Taxpayers are legally responsible for the information on their returns even if someone else prepares them.

Tips for working with a paid tax preparer:

  • Make sure the Louisiana Department of Revenue and/or the IRS have not prohibited them from preparing tax returns
  • Ask a prospective tax preparer for professional references
  • Conduct a background check with the Better Business Bureau, the state licensing board for CPAs, or the state bar association for attorneys
  • Find out if the preparer belongs to a professional organization that requires continuing education and holds its members accountable to a code of ethics
  • Select a preparer you are confident will be available to answer questions after your return is filed
  • Avoid preparers who base their fees on a percentage of the amount of your refund
  • Review your return and ask questions about anything you don’t understand before signing it
  • NEVER SIGN A BLANK TAX RETURN

If you suspect that a tax preparer is preparing fraudulent returns, call the LDR Criminal Investigation Division’s Tax Fraud Hotline at 866-940-7053. For more information, visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/TaxFraud

Louisiana state income tax filing begins Jan. 24, 2022...Continue Reading

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2021 state individual income tax returns on Jan. 24, 2022. The date coincides with the date the IRS begins accepting 2021 federal income tax returns.

On Jan. 24, taxpayers can begin filing their state income tax returns electronically through Louisiana File Online, the state’s free web portal for individual tax filers. Louisiana File Online allows taxpayers to:

·         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

Taxpayers may also submit their returns using commercially available tax preparation software, or with printed state returns available on the LDR website at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/Forms.

For returns submitted electronically, taxpayers due refunds can expect them within 45 days of the filing date. For paper returns, the refund processing time is 14 weeks.

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

The deadline for filing 2021 Louisiana Individual income tax returns is Monday, May 16, 2022.

State income tax changes for 2022 and beyond

Louisiana income tax changes that went into effect on Jan. 1 have no impact on 2021 state income tax returns and payments due May 16, 2022. However, tax time is a good opportunity to review withholding and deductions to avoid a surprise tax bill when filing 2022 returns next year.

Act 395 of the 2021 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature made the following changes to Louisiana’s individual income tax rates:

Filing Status of Single; Married, Filing Separately; Head of Household

Tax Bracket

Tax Years 2009-2021

Tax Years 2022 and After

$0 - $12,500

2.00%

1.85%

$12,501 - $50,000

4.00%

3.50%

$50,000 and over

6.00%

4.25%

Filing Status of Married, Filing Jointly; Qualified Surviving Spouse

Tax Bracket

Tax Years 2009-2021

Tax Years 2022 and After

$0 - $25,000

2.00%

1.85%

$25,001 - $100,000

4.00%

3.50%

$100,001 and over

6.00%

4.25%

Due to the new state income tax rates and changes in the state’s withholding tables, many Louisiana individual taxpayers can expect less tax withheld from their wages per pay period.

Taxpayers are encouraged to review, and revise if needed, the Employee Withholding Exemption Certificate (Form L-4). Taxpayers with income from sources other than wages should consider decreasing the number of exemptions or dependents claimed, or increasing the amount of tax withheld each pay period.

Read Revenue Information Bulletin 21-032 for more information about income tax changes from Act 395, including important changes for two major income tax deductions – the federal income tax liability deduction and the excess federal itemized personal deduction – beginning with the 2022 tax year.

State tax relief available in Louisiana following Hurricane Ida...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – As the recovery period following Hurricane Ida continues, several forms of state tax and disaster relief are available to individual and business taxpayers in Louisiana. Information about all of these provisions is available at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/HurricaneIda.

Tax Filing Extensions

The Louisiana Department of Revenue is granting automatic filing extensions to taxpayers whose homes, principal places of business, critical tax records or paid tax preparers are located in the following parishes affected by Hurricane Ida:

1. Ascension

10. Orleans

19. St. Mary

2. Assumption

11. Plaquemines

20. St. Tammany

3. East Baton Rouge

12. Pointe Coupee

21. Tangipahoa

4. East Feliciana

13. St. Bernard

22. Terrebonne

5. Iberia

14. St. Charles

23. Washington

6. Iberville

15. St. Helena

24. West Baton Rouge

7. Jefferson

16. St. James

25. West Feliciana

8. Lafourche

17. St. John the Baptist

 

9. Livingston

18. St. Martin

 

For excise, franchise, income, severance and withholding taxes with original or extended due dates on or after Aug. 26, 2021, and before Jan. 3, 2022, the automatic extended due date is Jan. 3, 2022.

This is an extension to file the applicable tax returns, but not an extension to pay any taxes due. Payments submitted after the original deadlines are subject to penalties and interest.

Read Revenue Information Bulletin 21-024 for more information.

Natural Disaster Sales Tax Refunds

Individuals may be eligible for state sales tax refunds for personal property destroyed in a natural disaster. The natural disaster must have occurred in an area of Louisiana subsequently declared a federal disaster area.

The person claiming the loss must be the owner of the property, and the property must have been moveable at the time of its purchase and at the time of its destruction. Examples of property eligible for a sales tax refund include clothing, furniture, electronics, recreational equipment used at home and appliances not permanently attached to a house or building. Refunds are limited to items not covered by insurance or any other type of reimbursement.

The natural disaster sales tax refund is available to individual Louisiana residents only. Property owned by corporations, partnerships or any type of business does not qualify.

For more information, read the instructions on the Natural Disaster Claim for Refund.

Waiver of Dyed Diesel Fuel Penalty

Following an announcement by the Internal Revenue Service granting dyed diesel fuel penalty relief in Louisiana due to Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana Department of Revenue is also waiving the state diesel fuel penalty for selling or using tax-exempt dyed diesel fuel. This relief period coincides with that of the IRS, beginning on Aug. 29, 2021, and remaining in effect through Sept. 15, 2021.

 

Read Revenue Information Bulletin 21-022 for more information.

Expedited Licensure for Importation of Gasoline & Diesel Fuel

With the availability of gasoline and diesel fuel disrupted by Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana Department of Revenue is streamlining the process for obtaining a license to import those fuels into the state. Until supplies reach pre-hurricane levels, any business seeking to import those fuels into Louisiana can submit an application request to ExciseTaxDisasterResponse@la.gov. The department will also temporarily waive the requirement for applicants to furnish a bond. Licensees still must file and pay all required taxes and inspection fees.

Read Revenue Information Bulletin 21-023 for more information.

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions on disaster recovery-related topics.

 

 

Filing Dates

01/25 Tuesday
Interstate Motor Fuel User
Aviation Fuel Transporter
01/31 Monday
Employer's Annual Reconciliation of Withholding Tax Withheld (L-3)
Louisiana Withholding Tax Form (L-1 Return) - 4th Quarter - Quarterly and Monthtly Payment Frequencies
Telecommunication Tax for the Deaf
IFTA
Natural Gas Franchise Tax
Transportation And Communication Tax - Quarterly Return
Mineral Severance Tax
Surface Mining and Reclamation Fee

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