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General Instructions

The Louisiana Department of Revenue now uses an online system exclusively to submit requests for a six-month extension of time for filing. The extension request must be made electronically before May 15, 2015, when state tax filing is due for Louisiana. Paper state extension requests will not be accepted.

The three options for requesting an extension are as follows:

  • Filing an extension request electronically via the Louisiana Department of Revenue’s Individual Income Online Tax Filing application or the Online Extension Filing application;
  • Filing an extension request electronically via LDR’s IVR phone system by calling 225-922-3270 or 888-829-3071. For an extension request, select option #3, then select option #1. Taxpayers will need the social security number of the primary account holder to request the extension; or
  • Submitting a state extension to LDR by “checking the state extension box†included in the tax preparation software for an electronically filed return.

If you’re seeking a waiver of the electronic filing of an extension due to a hardship can request an extension via LDR’s IVR phone system (option #2 above) or can request a waiver by calling the LDOR’s Special Programs Division at 225-219-2200.

An extension to file your return is not an extension of time to pay your taxes.

If you owe taxes, you must pay the amount due on or before May 15, 2015 to avoid penalty and interest charges.

If you cannot pay, submit your return by the due date. By filing timely, you avoid delinquent penalty. Any amount paid with your return will reduce the interest and late payment penalty charges. The Collection Division will bill you for any tax, interest, and penalties that are owed.

Pay your taxes online at Louisiana File Online

You can also pay your taxes online at Official Payments Corporation. Visa, MasterCard, Discover Network, and American Express credit and debit cards, and other forms of payment, such as Bill Me Later® are accepted. To make a debit card payment you can use a MasterCard or Visa Debit Card or any debit card with Nyce, Pulse or Star logos. If you choose this payment method, be sure to keep the confirmation number as proof of payment for your records.

There is a convenience fee for this service which is paid directly to the company. The amount of the fee is based on the amount of your payment.

Pay your taxes by phone by calling Official Payments toll-free at 1-800-272-9829. This automated service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. At the end of your call you will be given a confirmation number. Save this as proof of payment for your records.

There is a convenience fee for this service which is paid directly to the company. The amount of the fee is based on the amount of your payment.

If you need to make a payment, you must submit an extension request electronically and:

  • Mail in a check or money order with the electronically filed extension payment voucher, Form R-2868V;
  • Make a payment using either a bank account or a credit card through LDR’s Individual Income Online Tax Filing application;
  • Print an extension payment voucher through LDR’s Online Extension Filing application; or
  • Requesting the extension and make the payment electronically through tax preparation software that supports this option.
  • Please do not use Form R-540V, Individual Income Tax Electronic Filing Payment Voucher, to submit an extension payment. Form R-540V is to be used only by tax filers that have filed their tax returns through electronic filing and need to make a payment.

Any tax not paid by the original due date of the Louisiana return will be assessed interest at the rate of 7% per annum from the due date to the payment date. A late payment penalty of up to 25% may also be imposed.

There is a three-year-expiration date for claiming a refund, beginning on the original due date of your income tax return. Extensions of time to file don’t change the original due date for the three-year refund claim period; after that time, a refund won’t be issued.

For more information, visit The Louisiana Department of Taxation