Louisiana Income Tax Extension

How to file a Louisiana Tax Extension. Points to consider when to prepare extensions.

Extension Situation
Extension Suggestion
Louisiana Tax Refund

Option 1: If you do not owe Louisiana income taxes or expect a LA tax refund by the tax deadline, you do not have to prepare and file a LA tax extension. In case you expect a LA tax refund, you will need to file or e-File your LA tax return in order to receive your tax refund money.

Option 2: eFiled a Federal Extension? If you do not owe Louisiana income taxes or expect a tax refund by the tax deadline, your accepted federal extension will be honored as a state extension, and you do not have to mail in Form R-2868V.

Owe Louisiana Taxes

Option 1: Pay all or some of your Louisiana income taxes online via: LATAP.

Option 2: If you owe 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 the tax deadline in order to avoid late filing penalties. You can only eFile and IRS tax extension, but not a Louisiana extension. The tax extension will only avoid late filing penalties until the October deadline.
Note: 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.

Option 3: Complete Form R-2868V, include a Check or Money Order, and mail both to the address on Form R-2868V. Important: Even if you filed an extension, you will still need to file your LA tax return either via eFile or by paper by the October deadline.

Louisiana Income Tax Calculator
Louisiana Tax Deadlines
Tax Penalties
Important: If you owe Louisiana and/or IRS income taxes and do not file an IRS and Louisiana tax return or extension by the Tax Due Date, you will be subject to IRS and LA late filing penalties. Estimate IRS late filing, payment penalties. In addition, if you do not pay your taxes by the Tax deadline, you will be subject to late tax payment penalties. Filing an extension on time will ONLY eliminate the late filing penalties but not the late tax payment penalties. Late filing penalties are generally higher than late payment penalties, thus file something on time even if you can't pay anything on time!
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