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Louisiana Income Taxes and LA State Tax Forms

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Louisiana
"The Pelican State"

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Your Louisiana Income Tax Return

Efile.com makes it easy for you to e-file your 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 efile a state tax return. This is not an efile.com policy but an IRS and state agency policy. Many taxpayers have asked how they can only prepare and file a state income tax return. The efile.com tax application lets you prepare a state tax return only, however you cannot efile the state return upon completion. Instead, you will have to download the completed state tax return as a PDF file, print it, sign it, and mail it to the respective state - the address is on the PDF file. Find more detailed instructions on how to prepare and file a state only return on efile.com.

2018 Louisiana Income Tax Filing Deadlines

Deadline
Type of Filing
Description
May 15, 2019
Tax Return - efileIT*
Louisiana State Income Tax Return Due Date.
May 15, 2019
Tax Extension
Louisiana Automatic Extension. Details below.
November 15, 2019
Tax Return - efileIT*
Last day to efile a 2018 Louisiana State Income Tax Return for tax extension filers and late efilers.
Now
Requires an accepted 2018 or previous year Louisiana State Tax Return.
State Tax Returns
Select respective State Tax Return Deadlines.
Federal Tax Returns
IRS Tax Return Deadlines.

E-File These 2018 Louisiana State Tax Forms

Prepare and efile these state forms for 2018 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
efileIT Now*
Form IT-540
Resident Income Tax Return
Form IT-540B
Nonresident Income Tax Return
Form IT-540ES
Estimated Tax Declaration Voucher for Individuals
Form 540/B Schedule E
Adjustments to Income
Form 540/B Schedule F
Refundable Tax Credits
Form 540/B Schedule J
Nonrefundable Credits
Form R-210R
Underpayment of Individual Income Tax Penalty Computation
Employee's Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
Cannot be efiled


* 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. Find out how to only prepare and file a state tax return. Only on efile.com can you prepare and efile unlimited state tax returns for one low price. Most other sites charge a per state price.

Louisiana efile Error Codes

If your Louisiana state return was rejected by the state and not efile.com, you will receive an error reject code. If you prepared and efiled your return on efile.com, we will provide you with an explanation of how to correct the error on your return. You may then resubmit your state return at no additional charge until it is accepted by the state. View a list of all Louisiana State efile Income Tax Return Error Reject Codes.

How To File a Louisiana Tax Extension

If you are certain that you cannot file your Louisiana return by the deadline, you do not need to file for an extension. You will automatically receive a 6-month extension of time to file your return (not to pay). The extended tax return due date is November 15, 2019. Please be aware that Louisiana will not accept the federal extension form as an extension for your Louisiana tax return. If you owe taxes and you submit your extension electronically, file Form R-2868V with your payment. If you are expected to make LA state estimated payments, pay by check or money order by using Form IT-540ES, Louisiana Estimated Tax Declaration Voucher for Individuals.

Important: Do you need to prepare and e-file an IRS or federal tax extension as well?

How to File a Louisiana Tax Amendment

Amended Louisiana tax returns can only be mailed; they cannot be efiled. Learn how to file a Louisiana tax amendment.

Important Reminder! If you are filing a Louisiana tax amendment, you may need to file a federal tax amendment as well.

2017 Tax Year Louisiana Tax Forms

Louisiana state tax forms for previous Tax Years cannot be prepared and e-filed during the current tax season. You will need to print, fill out, and mail the forms to the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Form/Schedule
Description
Louisiana Resident Income Tax Return
Louisiana Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return
Louisiana Estimated Tax Declaration Voucher for Individuals
Adjustments to Income
Refundable Tax Credits
Nonrefundable  Credits
Underpayment of Individual Income Tax Penalty Computation
 

2016 Tax Year Louisiana Tax Forms

Louisiana state tax forms for previous Tax Years cannot be prepared and e-filed during the current tax season. You will need to print, fill out, and mail the forms to the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Form/Schedule
Description
Louisiana Resident Income Tax Return
Louisiana Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return
Louisiana Estimated Tax Declaration Voucher for Individuals
Adjustments to Income
Refundable Tax Credits
Nonrefundable  Credits
Underpayment of Individual Income Tax Penalty Computation

Louisiana Tax Facts

LA Income Tax

Individual income is taxed across three tax brackets at three graduated tax rates.

  • 2% for the first $12,500 of taxable income
  • 4% for taxable incomes between $12,501 and $50,000
  • 6% for taxable incomes $50,001 and above

For married persons filing jointly, the rates are the same but the income brackets are doubled.

LA Sales Tax

Louisiana has a sales tax rate of 4%. This rate is comprised of a 3.97% state sales tax and a 0.03% LA Tourism Promotion District sales tax.

The state also has a 8% use tax applied toward out-of-state purchased goods. The LA Department of Revenue distributes 4% of the tax to local governments.

More information on Louisiana Sales Tax

LA Sales Tax Holiday

Louisiana holds three annual sales tax holidays. During these holidays, certain items are exempt from Louisiana sales tax.

Refer to the chart below for all Louisiana sales tax holidays for 2019. We will update it when the state tax agency makes the dates available. 

Sales Tax Holiday
Sales Tax Holiday Items Included
May 2019
  • Emergency supplies (i.e. batteries, flashlights, chargers, food storage coolers) and other hurricane preparation items: $1,500 or less
August 2019
  • All tangible personal property selling up to $2,500
  • Note: Vehicles, prepared food items, and items to be used for a business, profession, or trade are NOT exempt from the LA sales tax.
September 2019
  • Firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies (i.e. apparel, binoculars, boots, all-terrain vehicles)

LA Personal Property Tax

Property taxes are assessed and collected at the local level, not by the LA Department of Revenue.

The state offers a homestead exemption on the first $7,500 of the value of a person's main residence, but it usually does not apply to local government taxes.

Odd Tax Fact for Louisiana

Louisiana has a breastfeeding sales tax exemption. Among the items included in the exemption are breast pumps and accessories, breast pump replacement parts, storage bags and accessories, and nursing bras.

However, items specifically used by the mother for comfort and convenience, rather than the act of breastfeeding itself, are subject to sales tax. These items include nursing pads, pillows, covers, stools, and bottles/bottle accessories.

Louisiana State Tax Agency Contacts

You can contact the Louisiana Department of Revenue at 1-855-307-3893.

For more information on Louisiana state income taxes, you can visit the website of the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

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