BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2017 state individual income tax returns on January 29, 2018. The date coincides with the date the IRS begins accepting 2017 federal income tax returns. On that day, 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
On Jan. 29 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 will not be available before Jan. 29.
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.
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.