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Louisiana state income tax filing deadline is Wednesday, May 15

May 13, 2013

BATON ROUGE – The deadline for filing 2012 Louisiana Individual Income Tax returns is Wednesday, May 15.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) recommends all taxpayers file their returns electronically. Electronic filing methods include commercially-available tax preparation software, and Louisiana File Online, LDR’s free tax filing web application. Through Louisiana File Online you can file a return, make a payment and upload scanned receipts and other supporting documentation. Visit

The average refund processing time for electronic returns is ten business days. For paper returns it is 12 to 16 weeks.

Taxpayers needing more time to prepare their 2012 individual state income tax returns must submit an extension request by the May 15 filing deadline to avoid late-filing penalties. An extension allows only more time to file a return. It does not allow more time to pay. Visit

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