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Louisiana state income tax filing begins Monday, Jan. 27...Continue Reading

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2019 state individual income tax returns on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. The date coincides with the date the IRS begins accepting 2019 federal income tax returns.

 

On Jan. 27, Louisiana 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

 

Also on Jan. 27, taxpayers can begin submitting returns to the state through commercially available tax preparation software; or they can download paper tax forms from the LDR website at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/Forms. Updated printed forms will not be available before Jan. 27.

 

2019 Louisiana Individual Income Tax returns and payments are due May 15, 2020.

 

LDR has implemented enhanced security measures to protect Louisiana taxpayers from identity theft and other types of tax fraud. If returns do not trigger any fraud indicators, taxpayers due refunds can expect them within 45 days of the filing date if they file electronically and within 14 weeks if they file paper returns.

 

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

 

 

     

Filing and payment extensions available for state taxes due November 20, 2019...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Due to an attempted ransomware attack affecting computer systems throughout state government, the Louisiana Department of Revenue has extended the filing dates for state taxes due Nov. 20, 2019. The extended due date is Nov. 25, 2019, for the following taxes:

 

·         Sales and Use Tax 

·         Prepaid Wireless Telecommunications 911 Service Charge 

·         Hotel Occupancy Tax 

·         Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Food and Beverage Tax 

·         Beer Tax 

·         Tobacco Tax 

·         Terminal Operator Monthly Tax

·         Distributer/Exporter/Blender Tax

·         Motor Fuel Transporter Tax

·         Fuel Backup Tax 

·         Transportation And Communication Tax - Monthly Return 

 

This filing extension is available due to the November 18, 2019, attempted ransomware attack that affected operations and services at multiple state agencies, including the Department of Revenue. The attack did not compromise any state tax returns or taxpayer information. However, certain services provided by the department were disrupted, including the sales tax filing application Parish E-File and the Louisiana Taxpayer Access Point (LaTAP), the state’s tax account management portal.

 

No extension request is necessary on the part of the taxpayer. The department will apply the extension automatically and will waive any interest, delinquent filing penalty or delinquent payment penalty for any eligible return or payment submitted by the extended Nov. 25 deadline.

 

 

 

Court bars man convicted of tax fraud from preparing Louisiana tax returns...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – A Louisiana court has barred a former Baton Rouge tax preparer from preparing state income tax returns.

 

Judge Michael Caldwell of the 19th Judicial District in East Baton Rouge Parish issued the injunction against Joseph A. Gillies (Booking Photo) at the request of the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR).

 

Gillies was arrested in January 2017 on felony charges that he used “ghost” companies and fabricated business losses to claim $768,740.00 in improper tax refunds on behalf of his clients. Numerous clients told investigators they had not reported any business losses when they provided Gillies with their tax records, and many said they weren’t even business owners. Gillies pleaded guilty in October 2018 to one count of tax evasion.

 

Act 526 of the 2018 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature authorized LDR to bring lawsuits against tax preparers who engage in fraudulent activity such as submitting false tax returns.

 

“With this new legislation on the books, LDR is in a stronger position to protect the public from unscrupulous tax preparers,” Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Lewis Robinson said.

 

The injunction issued May 29, 2019, bars Gillies permanently from preparing any Louisiana tax returns other than his own. 

 

 

Filing Dates

01/30 Thursday
Telecommunication Tax for the Deaf
01/31 Friday
Employer's Annual Reconciliation of Withholding Tax Withheld (L-3)
Louisiana Withholding Tax Form (L-1 Return) - 4th Quarter - Quarterly and Monthtly Payment Frequencies
02/18 Tuesday
Alcoholic Beverage Tax
02/20 Thursday
Sales and Use Tax
Prepaid Wireless Telecommunications 911 Service Charge
Hotel Occupancy Tax
Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Food and Beverage Tax
Beer Tax
Tobacco Tax

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