Baton Rouge: Louisiana taxpayers can choose to receive a paper check for their state income tax refunds beginning with returns filed for the 2012 tax year.
The paper state individual income tax return (Form IT-540) includes the option on line 36 of the form. Form IT-540 is available online at:
Taxpayers who do not make a selection on the paper form will receive their refunds on a pre-loaded debit card.
Taxpayers filing their tax returns electronically can choose a paper check, a debit card, or direct deposit.
The Department of Revenue encourages electronic filing for all income tax returns. It is the most error-free method of tax filing and provides the fastest processing time for refunds.
To use Louisiana File Online, the state’s free tax-filing web application, go to: http://revenue.louisiana.gov/sections/eservices/LAFileOnline.aspx