Baton Rouge: As the May 15 state individual tax filing deadline approaches, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) reminds taxpayers of procedures that can speed up their refunds and eliminate the possibility of late payment penalties.
“The most important thing you can do to ensure a speedy refund is to file your taxes electronically,” says LDR Executive Counsel Tim Barfield.
Taxpayers who file electronically can expect their refunds in an average of ten business days. Paper filers can expect to wait as long as four months. Electronic filing methods include commercially-available tax preparation software and Louisiana File Online which is fast, easy to use, and free; it is available online at:
Taxpayers who owe taxes are encouraged to pay electronically. Electronic payments can also be made through Louisiana File Online.
If paying by check or money order, taxpayers must use the proper payment vouchers to ensure that payments are posted to the correct account. Failure to include the proper payment voucher can lead to penalties.