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As storm approaches, protect tax records & financial documents...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – With tropical storm warnings in effect for parts of the state, the Louisiana Department of Revenue encourages taxpayers to protect their tax records and other financial documents from flood damage and other weather-related threats.

 

“A few simple steps can help to minimize hardship and confusion in the aftermath of a storm,” Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Lewis Robinson said. “There is no substitute for being prepared.”

 

Keep documents secure

Paper records are especially vulnerable to water damage. Protect these documents by placing them in airtight plastic containers or zip closure bags, and moving them out of harm’s way.

Use paperless media

Bank statements and other financial documents are available as electronic records from your financial institution. Preserve these records by saving them to portable memory drives or burning them to CDs. Store them in airtight containers.

Scan important records such as such as tax returns, W-2s and payroll records into an electronic format. Many commercially available home printers include scanning features.

Web-based email services such as Google’s Gmail and Microsoft’s Hotmail offer account holders free online data storage. You can upload electronic records from your home computer and retrieve them later from any device with internet access. This can be helpful if you are evacuated from your home.

Document valuables and business equipment

Compile a room-by-room list of your belongings or business equipment. Photograph or videotape the contents of your home or business, especially items of high value. Having a visual record of your valuables can provide proof for an insurance claim. It can also help to verify a loss claim on state and federal tax returns.

In case of a disaster, the Department of Revenue will provide information on potential tax deductions or credits, filing extensions and other tax-related matters. Bookmark
www.revenue.louisiana.gov on your computer or save it to the home screen of your mobile device. Follow @larevenue on twitter for information updates in real time.

 

Get a Game Plan

 

If you have to leave your home to escape severe weather, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness recommends you bring the following documents with you in a portable, waterproof container:

 

  • Driver's license or personal identification
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
  • Insurance policies
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Stocks, bonds and other negotiable certificates
  • Wills, deeds, and copies of recent tax returns

Visit www.getagameplan.org for more information.

 

 

Sales tax discount available for hurricane preparedness items May 27 & 28...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana residents can buy flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies with reduced state sales tax during the Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

 

 The 2017 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday provides a two-percent (2%) exemption from state sales tax on statutorily-specified hurricane preparedness items. Eligible purchases are subject to only three percent (3%) state sales tax.

 

This year’s two-percent state sales tax exemption applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each of the following items:

 

·         Any portable self-powered light source, including candles, flashlights and other articles of property designed to provide light;

·         Any portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio;

·         Any tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting;

·         Any ground anchor system or tie-down kit;

·         Any gas or diesel fuel tank;

·         Any package of AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6 volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries;

·         Any cell phone battery and any cell phone charger;

·         Any nonelectric food storage cooler;

·         Any portable generator used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage;

·         Any storm shutter device;

·         Any carbon monoxide detector; and

·         Any reusable freezer pack such as "blue ice."

 

The full amount of any local sales tax applies to all purchases unless the local taxing authority creates its own exemption.

 

The state sales tax exemption does not apply to items sold by vendors located at any airport, public lodging establishment or hotel, entertainment complex or convenience store.

 

The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday takes place on the last consecutive Saturday and Sunday each May, prior to the June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

 

For more information, read Revenue Information Bulletin 17-010.

 

 

State individual income tax filing deadline is Monday, May 15...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Monday, May 15 is the deadline for filing 2016 Louisiana individual income tax returns.

 

The Louisiana Department of Revenue recommends filing electronically for the fastest, most error-free return processing. With Louisiana File Online (www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline), taxpayers can file their state returns for free, make tax payments and upload supporting documentation. Other electronic filing options include commercially-available tax preparation software.

 

General Filing Extensions

 

Taxpayers who need more time to prepare their returns must submit their extension requests by the May 15 filing deadline to avoid late-filing penalties. Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/extensions to request an extension electronically. An extension only allows more time to file a return, not more time to pay any taxes due. Tax payments submitted after the May 15 deadline are subject to penalties and interest.

 

Tornado-related Extensions

 

Filing and payment extensions are available to taxpayers who live in areas affected by tornadoes that struck Louisiana in February 2017. The extensions are available to taxpayers whose homes, critical tax records or principal places of business are located in the following ZIP codes:

 

Parish

ZIP Code

 

Livingston

70447

70454

70462

70706

 

Orleans

70126

70127

70128

70129

 

The extended filing deadline is June 30, 2017, for taxpayers in eligible ZIP codes with original or extended due dates on or after February 7, 2017, or on or before June 30, 2017.

 

The extended payment deadline is June 30, 2017, for taxpayers in eligible ZIP codes with original due dates on or after February 7, 2017, or on or before June 30, 2017. However, taxpayers under an existing agreement with the Department of Revenue to pay taxes due are not eligible for an additional extension to pay.

 

For tax returns and payments submitted by the extended deadlines, the Department of Revenue will waive any late filing penalties, late payment penalties and interest that would otherwise apply. Any return or amount on which penalty or interest began accruing before February 7, 2017, is not eligible for this relief.

 

Read Revenue Information Bulletin 17-007 for more information, including a complete list of taxes and due dates eligible for this relief.

 

 

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07/20 Thursday
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