Jan 5, 2012 5:41 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Department of Revenue to begin accepting state income tax returns Jan. 17

The Louisiana Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2011 Louisiana individual and corporation income tax returns on Tuesday, January 17. Income tax forms and booklets will also be available the same day. Forms will be available at all LDR offices and at public libraries throughout the state, except in Jefferson Parish.

LDR recommends electronic filing. "Electronic filing ensures the fastest income tax refunds and is the only way to enjoy the benefits of direct deposit," Press Secretary Byron Henderson said. "The average refund processing time for electronic returns is 10 business days." Processing time for paper returns is 12 to 16 weeks. If you've moved since your last tax filing, update your address with the United States Postal Service, and you can change your address with the LDR at "Failure to update a changed mailing address can result in delayed income tax refunds and correspondence," Henderson said.

Filing on Jan. 17 includes electronic returns filed with commercial tax preparation software and LDR's electronic tax filing applications, Louisiana File Online and LaTAP.



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