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Louisiana Income Taxes and LA State Tax Forms

Louisiana State Income Taxes for Tax Year 2020  (January 1 - Dec. 31, 2020) can be prepared and e-Filed now along with an IRS or Federal Income Tax Return (or you can learn how to only prepare and file a LA state return). The Louisiana tax filing and tax payment deadline is May 17, 2021. Find IRS or Federal Tax Return deadline details.

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"The Pelican State"

eFile.com makes it easy for you to e-file your IRS and Louisiana State Tax Return (e.g resident, nonresident, or part-year resident returns). However, the IRS and the respective State Tax Agencies require you to e-file a Federal Income Tax Return at the same time you e-file a State Tax Return. This is not an eFile.com policy but an IRS and State Agency policy. Thus, technically you cannot e-File anywhere - not just eFile.com - a Louisiana Tax Return without also e-filing the associated IRS Tax Return. But there is good news, please read on.

Detailed instructions on how you can only prepare and mail in - not eFile - a Louisiana 2020 Tax Return - here via eFile.com. However, you must download/print and sign the forms and mail them to the Tax Agency.

Function
Description
Where Is Your Louisiana Tax Refund Money?
Step 1: Sign into your eFile.com account and check acceptance by the Tax Agency.
Step 2: Check your Louisiana Tax Refund Status.
Where is Your IRS Refund?
Step 1: Sign into your eFile.com account and check acceptance by the IRS.
Step 2: Check your IRS Tax Refund Status.
Louisiana Income Tax Extension
How to correct a rejected Tax Return
If your LA Tax Return was rejected by the LA Tax Agency - not eFile.com - instructions on how to correct a rejected Louisiana Tax Return.
Louisiana, IRS Late Filing, Tax Payment Penalties

1. Late Filing Penalty: The failure to file tax penalty is 5% of the taxes owed accrued if the return is filed no more than 30 days. There is an additional 5% penalty collected for each additional 30 days or faction of that time the return is filed, not to exceed 25%.
2. Late Payment Penalty: The failure to pay tax penalty is 0.5% of the taxes owed that is not paid for every 30 days during which the payment is not submitted, not to exceed 25%.

3. IRS Penalties: Calculate and Estimate your potential IRS Income Tax Return Penalties.
LA Tax Return Mailing Addresses
Find various Louisiana Mailing Addresses for tax returns, tax amendments, and tax payments. 
Louisiana Income Tax Brackets
Louisiana Income Tax Forms
Louisiana Unemployment Benefits
Unemployment benefits are subject to Louisiana income taxes. Louisiana taxes unemployment benefits to the same extent as they are taxed under federal law.

 

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2021 Louisiana Income Tax Filing Deadlines by Tax Year

The majority of deadlines listed here are for Tax Year 2018. Some apply to upcoming Tax Years and some are IRS or Federal deadlines.

Deadline
Type
Description
May 17, 2021
Tax Year 2020
Income Tax Return
Prepare and e-File an IRS (Due Date April 15, 2021) and Louisiana State Income Tax Return (Due Date May 17, 2021) until October 15, 2021. - eFileIT*
May 17, 2021
2020 Income Tax Extension
October 15, 2021
Tax Year 2020
Income Tax Return after the May 17, 2021 Louisiana Tax Extension
Last day to e-File a 2020 Louisiana State Income Tax Return for Tax Extension Filers and late eFilers. You can only e-File (to file by paper see below) Louisiana Income Tax Return together with an IRS Tax Return. eFileIT*
November 15 2021 via mail-in Forms.
Forms incl. Mailing Address are listed below.
Tax Year 2020
Income Tax Return after the May 17, 2021 Louisiana Tax Extension
Deadline for taxpayers who got a LA Tax Extension to file their Louisiana Income Tax Return by mail-in Forms - the Forms incl. mailing addresses are listed below - is November 15, 2021. (Optionally, the eFileIT* deadline is Oct. 15, 2021). Instructions on how to only - without the IRS return - prepare and file a Louisiana State Income Tax Return on eFile.com.
Tax Amendment for all Tax Years
IRS Due Dates
IRS Tax Return, Extension, Amendment Deadlines
2021, 2022, etc.
Other State Tax Return, Extension, Amendment Deadlines
Select respective State Tax Return Deadlines.
2021, 2022, etc.
IRS Federal Income Tax Return, Amendment, Extension Deadlines
May 17, 2024
2020 Louisiana Income Tax Return Refund.
IRS Tax Return Refund Claim Deadline
The last day to file - you will not face late filing penalties - and claim your 2020 Louisiana Income Tax Return Refund. This deadline does not apply if you owe 2020 Income Taxes.

E-File These 2020 Louisiana State Tax Forms

Prepare and e-file these state forms for 2020 in conjunction with your federal and state income tax return. As you proceed through the tax interview on eFile.com, the application will select the correct state forms for you. You can also select tax forms individually. All these forms will then be e-filed by you to the state tax agency. Instructions on how to only prepare a state income tax return.

Form/Schedule
Description
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Form IT-540
Resident Income Tax Return
Form IT-540B
Nonresident Income Tax Return
Form IT-540ES
Estimated Tax Declaration Voucher for Individuals
Form R-540INS
Citizens Property Insurance Assessment
Determines your paycheck LA Tax Withholding amount per employer.
Step 1: Complete and submit to your employer(s).
Step 2:Estimate, Calculate your IRS Tax Withholding now.

* Due to IRS and State Tax Agency tax data sharing and validation requirements, you can only e-file a State Income Tax Return while also e-filing a Federal Income Tax Return. This is not an eFile.com created policy, but all online tax web sites have to adhere to this IRS/state issued tax data sharing policy. You can however prepare all 44 State Income Tax Returns on eFile.com if you have already e-Filed or filed your IRS return. Instructions on how you can ONLY prepare and file State Income Tax Return(s). Only on eFile.com can you prepare, file or e-file unlimited State Tax Returns for one low price and not pay for each State return like you would do on H&R Block® vs. TurboTax®. Dare to Compare Now.

Louisiana Tax Extension

For Tax Year 2020, you do not need to file an extension if you are expecting a Tax Refund.  However, if you believe you will owe Taxes and can't file on time, there are several options available.

  • For tax year 2020 you can e-File an IRS Tax Extension by April 15, 2021 for free on eFile.com. Before you do that, learn more about whether you should file a Tax Extension or not.
  • For tax year 2020 e-File a LA Tax Extension at the Louisiana Department of Revenue Online Extension Filing. Once accepted you will receive a 6-month extension of time to file your return penalty free by Oct. 15, 2021. However, if you do not pay your Taxes to LA on time or by May 17, 2021, you might be subject to a late tax payment penalty. You can pay your LA taxes online here: LATAP and not have to mail in Form R-2868V.  However, if you still wish to pay by check/money order, you must mail in Form R-2868V with your payment.
  • Request a tax extension by phone by calling the LA Department of Revenue at 225-922-3270, or 888-829-3071 and select Option 3, and then Option 1. You will need your Social Security Number to request an extension by phone.

Remember, if you owe Louisiana and/or IRS income taxes and don't pay them by Tax Day, you will be charged Louisiana and IRS late tax payment penalties. Filing an extension in this case eliminated the late filing penalties. Calculate and estimate IRS late payment penalties.

The extended IRS/Louisiana eFile deadline is Oct. 15, 2021 - eFileIT*. If you plan to file or mail-in a Louisiana tax return on paper - the Mailing Address are below - your due date is Nov. 15, 2021. 

Louisiana State Tax Payment Options
You can select one of these payment options either after you have e-filed or filed your 2020 Louisiana Tax Return. Alternatively, you can pay Louisiana income taxes here prior to filing (e.g in the case of an extension). Plus, you can make online Louisiana tax estimate payments for next tax year. If you eFiled your taxes and pay online, you do not have to send in Louisiana paper forms (e.g. payer tax return, extension form, or tax estimate form). 
Go to LATAP to create an account to submit your payment. Make sure you have a copy of your most recently filed and accepted Louisiana Tax Return when you create your account. If you already have an account, log into your account.
This is a free option if you want to pay your taxes owed via your bank account.
Submit a tax payment through the state tax agency's Official Payments site. When you're on the site, select either the "Individual Income Taxes" or the "Individual Income Taxes Payments" option.  Once you have accepted the terms you can create an account or continue as a guest.  If you continue as a guest then follow the on-screen prompts and choose "Return Payment" as your payment option and enter personal information (e.g. Payment Amount, Credit/Debit type, SSN, Tax Year, Form Type, etc).
Use this payment option if you want to pay your tax payment via your credit or debit card. There is an additional convenience fee added to each payment you submit with your card.
Check or Money Order with Form 540V
Complete voucher Form 540V and attach it to your check or money order payable to "Louisiana Department of Revenue". Write your last four Social Security number on the check. Mail them to the Form 540V address below.
Use this payment option if you wish to submit your payment via check or money order in the mail. 
Estimated Tax Payment Options
Choose one of these options: 1) Create an account with LATAP site to submit your estimated payment (or if you already have an account, log into your account ).  2) Pay via credit or debit card through Official Payments (choose the "Estimated Tax Declaration Payment" option as your payment type). Be aware that a service fee is added to each payment you submit with your card. 3) Complete voucher Form IT-540ES. Attach a check or money order for the tax period payable to "Louisiana Department of Revenue".  Mail the voucher and check/money order to the Form IT-540ES address here.
Use one of these payment options if you want to submit estimated taxes rather than submit all your taxes owed at once. 
Many of these online IRS tax payment options can be used before or after you e-Filed your Income Taxes. You can pay tax extension and tax estimate payments. For estimate payments, you do not have to submit a form. Extension you can eFile on eFile.com for free.
These payment options are independent from you preparing and eFiling your tax returns on eFile.com. eFile.com offers these payment options for the convenience of all tax payers.

 

Louisiana Tax Return, Amendment, etc. Mailing Addresses
Addresses to mail Louisiana Tax Returns, Amendments, Extensions, or Tax Payments.
LA Tax Return or Amended Tax Return: Address if you expect a Tax Refund on your Tax Return
Louisiana Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 3440
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3440
LA Tax Return or Amended Return: Address if you owe Taxes and include payment.
Louisiana Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 3550
Baton Rouge, La 70821-3550
LA Tax Extension: Address if you owe Taxes and include payment. Tax Extension Payments, include Form R-2868V. Tip: Make Tax Payments online and you will not have to mail in the Form R-2868VSee above.
Louisiana Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 751
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0751
LA Tax Payment: include voucher Form R-540V
Louisiana Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 3550
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3550
LA Tax Estimate Payments: include Tax year 2020 Form IT-540ES.
Louisiana Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 91007
Baton Rouge LA 70821-9007
LA Tax Estimate Payments: include Tax year 2020 Form CIT-620.
Louisiana Department of Revenue
P. O. Box 201
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0201
/tax-form/la/cift-620.pdf

 

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