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Louisiana's tax extension explained

Posted by Garick Giroir on March 24, 2020

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The Louisiana Department of Revenue has extended the deadline for state income taxes to July 15. 

LOUISIANA TAX UPDATE

Normally, when tax filers can't complete their taxes on time, they can request an extension without getting penalized — but the extension is only for submitting their returns. Any tax money paid after April 15 is generally subject to penalties and interest.

This year, things have changed. 

Louisiana’s filing extension is automatic for eligible taxes, no request needed. They are also waiving penalties and interest to any applicable returns or payments submitted by the extended July 15 deadline. This extension applies to Louisiana individual, corporation, fiduciary and partnership income tax returns and payments. 

Due to the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. John Bel Edwards, it's recommended that all Louisiana taxpayers take advantage of the online options available — including Louisiana File Online, the state’s free tax filing portal for individual taxpayers.

For tax filers who are anticipating a refund this year, it may not pay to request an extension and file late. Signing up for direct deposit of refunds can help you get much-needed money as quickly as possible.

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