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Residents in Louisiana can start filing state taxes now

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The Louisiana Department of Revenue begins accepting 2017 state individual income tax returns today, January 29, 2018. Louisiana taxpayers can begin filing their state income tax returns electronically through Louisiana File Online (www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline), the state’s free web portal for individual tax filers. With Louisiana File Online, taxpayers can:

File returns and pay taxes electronically

Check the status of individual income tax refunds

Amend current and prior-year tax returns

Taxpayers can also begin submitting returns to the state through commercially available tax preparation software; or they can download paper tax forms from the LDR website. Updated printed forms are now available at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/TaxForms.

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 can expect their tax refunds within 60 days of the filing date if they file electronically, and within 14 weeks if they file paper returns, according to a press release.

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.   

2017 Louisiana individual income tax returns are due May 15, 2018.

The United Way of Acadiana is offering free tax preparation for families who qualify. 

VITA according to United Way of Acadiana, puts families in a better position to handle job loss, illness or other unforeseen expenses while remaining financially stable. 

The program has been run for two years. To be eligible for the free tax preparation, families have to have a household income below $54,000 in 2016.

According to United Way of Acadiana, persons may also qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit if their Tax Year Earned Income and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) were less than:

  • $48,340: With 3 or more qualifying children
  • $53,930: If married, filing jointly
  • $45,007: With 2 qualifying children
  • $50,597: If married, filing jointly
  • $39,617: With 1 qualifying child
  • $45,207: If married, filing jointly
  • $15,010: With no qualifying children
  • $20,600: If married, filing jointly

Additionally, if you make less than $62,000, you can file for free at MyFreeTaxes.com. It's easy, safe, secure and free. Some fees apply for those making more than $62,000.


  •  Photo ID and original Social Security Card or ITIN
  • All W2s
  • Any other tax-related documents


IRS-Certified Tax Preparers are ready to help you at the following locations:

Assist Agency: 11 North Parkerson Crowley, LA 70526, 337-788-7550, ext. 138
OPENING DAY:  Jan. 27th
HOURS: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until noon and 1:30-3 p.m.
SMILE/New Iberia: 722 Walton St. New Iberia, LA 70560, 337-365-8151
Acadiana High School: 315 Rue de Belier Lafayette, LA 70506, 337-521-7411 (dial 6 and ext. 16950)
SMILE/Lafayette: 501 St. John St. Lafayette, LA 70501, 337-234-3272, ext. 219
HOURS (APPOINTMENT ONLY): Monday through Thursday from 2-4 p.m.
 Lafayette Library Main Branch: 301, Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501, 337-706-1192 (appointment only) 
The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute: 1209 Diesi St. Opelousas, LA 70570, 337-943-2410
SMILE/St. Martin: 2097 Terrace Rd. St. Martinville, LA 70582, 337-394-6013
St. Mary CAA Central Office: 1407 Barrow St. Franklin, LA 70538, 337-828-5703
ASSIST Agency: 407 Charity St. Abbeville, LA 70510, 337-898-9554
OPENING DAY: Jan. 27th  
HOURS: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until noon and 1:30-3 p.m.

Acadiana High School, February 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (call for appointment)
Northside High School, 301 Duran St., Lafayette, LA 70501, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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