State income tax filing extensions must be submitted electronically

Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 12:00am

Taxpayers who require more time to file their 2012 Louisiana individual income or Corporation Income and Franchise Tax returns must submit their extension requests electronically. Paper requests are not accepted.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) implemented the electronic extension mandate for income tax returns beginning with returns due in 2013. Filing extension requests must be submitted no later than the tax filing deadline.

2012 Louisiana Corporation Income and Franchise Tax Returns are due April 15, 2013.
2012 Louisiana Individual Income Tax Returns are due May 15, 2013.

Some commercially-available tax preparation software programs still provide copies of an outdated printable Louisiana extension request form. These forms are not valid and will not be processed. Failure to file returns on time, or to submit an extension request by the filing deadline, will incur late-filing penalties.

Individual and business taxpayers may submit an extension request by one of the following methods:

o LDR's online application at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/extensions.
o Telephone at 888-829-3071.
o Third-party tax preparation software.

A filing extension grants only additional time to file a return. It does not grant an extension of time to pay taxes due. Late payments are subject to penalties and interest.

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