Prepare and efile Your Louisiana Tax Return
The efile.com tax software makes it easy for you to efile your state tax return and use the correct state tax forms. Prepare and efile your Louisiana state tax return (resident, nonresident, or part-year resident) and Federal tax return together or separately at efile.com. View the federal tax return filing requirements.
Louisiana Income Tax Filing Deadline
The regular deadline to file a Louisiana state income tax return is May 15.
|Tax Deadline Date
||Type of Income Tax Return
||Filing Deadline / Due Date Description
|May 15, 2018
||2017 Louisiana State Tax Return
||Due date for Louisiana State Income Tax Returns
|May 15, 2018
||2017 Louisiana State Tax Extension
||Due date for Louisiana extensions
|November 15, 2018
||2017 Louisiana State Tax Return
||Last day to efile a 2017 Louisiana State Income Tax Return for tax extension filers and late efilers
View all state tax return filing deadlines.
Find federal income tax return filing deadlines.
Tax Year 2017 Louisiana State Tax Forms
All of the following Louisiana state tax forms are supported by the efile.com software:
||Can I efile this form?
||Resident Income Tax Return
||Nonresident Income Tax Return
||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
||Underpayment of Individual Income Tax Penalty Computation
Louisiana State Tax Forms that Cannot Be efiled
Louisiana State Tax Withholding Form
||Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
LA Tax Extension
||Louisiana Extension Instructions
||How to File
No Physical Form
Taxpayers are required to submit a LA state extension electronically via the Louisiana Department of Revenue website on or before the May 15, 2018 return deadline. Louisiana no longer recognizes an extension granted by the Internal Revenue Service.
An extension only extends the time to file the return, not the time to pay any tax that may be due. To submit a payment if you're efiling an extension, you can use Form R-2868V, Electronically Filed Extension Payment Voucher. Payments received after May 15, 2018 will be charged late payment and interest penalties.
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.
Complete and submit online extension via LA state tax agency website
LA Tax Amendment
Amended Louisiana state tax returns cannot be efiled; they must be filed by mail. Learn how to prepare and file a Louisiana tax amendment.
2016 Previous Year Louisiana State Tax Forms
Louisiana tax returns for 2016 cannot be efiled. Download the 2016 tax forms, complete them, and mail them to the Louisiana Department of Revenue.
Where's My Refund? - Check Your Louisiana State Tax Refund Status
If you efiled your LA state tax return, information on your refund is usually available after 7-10 business days. If you filed your return on paper, allow 12 to 16 weeks for your LA return to be processed before checking your refund status.
Check your Louisiana refund tax return status online.
LA efile Error Codes
If your Louisiana state return was rejected, 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.
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 2018.
|Sales Tax Holiday Dates
||Sales Tax Holiday Items Included
|May 26-27, 2018
- Emergency supplies (i.e. batteries, flashlights, chargers, food storage coolers) and other hurricane preparation items: $1,500 or less
|August 3-4 2018
- 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 7-9, 2018
- 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:
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.
LA State Tax Agency:
For more information, you can visit the website of The Louisiana Department of Revenue.
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