Friday, January 9, 2009

New Rules for State Tax Filing Extensions

Beginning with the 2008 income tax year, taxpayers requesting state filing extensions must do so before the filing deadline.

In the past, taxpayers granted an automatic federal extension were allowed a state extension if a copy of their federal extension request (Form 4868) was attached to their state return.

Beginning in 2009, state filing extensions must be requested no later than the individual income tax filing due date. This date is May 15, 2009, for 2008 calendar year income tax returns or, for fiscal filers, the 15th day of the 5th month after the close of the fiscal year.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) has made it easy to request an extension electronically through the LDR web site,

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