Louisiana Department of Revenue Grants Tax Extensions to Hurricane Gustav Victims

BATON ROUGE -The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) is granting filing extensions to taxpayers whose filing addresses or whose tax preparers' addresses are located in Louisiana communities declared federal disaster areas by President Bush following Hurricane Gustav. Taxpayers who reside outside of a disaster area but whose books, records or tax professionals are located in the relief area will also be assisted.

LDR will recognize the January 5, 2009, extensions granted by the IRS for income-related taxes, which includes individual, corporation, declaration of estimates, and corporation franchise tax. The extensions are available on returns and payments due between September 1, 2008, and January 5, 2009. LDR will waive applicable penalties and abate interest that would otherwise apply on these returns.

In addition, employee withholdings due on or after Sept. 1, 2008, and on or before Sept. 16, 2008,! will not be subject to penalty or interest as long as these returns and payments are received by September 16, 2008.

If a taxpayer receives a notice from LDR, they should call any of the following offices of the Department: Alexandria Regional Office, (318) 487-5333; Baton Rouge Headquarters, (225) 219-7318 or (225) 219-0102; Baton Rouge Regional Office, (225) 922-2300; Lafayette Regional Office, (337) 262-5455; Lake Charles Regional Office, (337) 491-2504; Monroe Regional Office, (318) 362-3151; New Orleans Regional Office, (504) 568-5233; Shreveport Regional Office, (318) 676-7505; and Thibodaux Regional Office, (985) 447-0976.

Affected taxpayers whose businesses, homes or tax professionals are located in a disaster area should write "Hurricane Gustav" in BLACK ink on the top of their returns.

Filing extensions on other taxes will be announced next week.

For information about federal filing extensions related to Hurricane Gusta! v, visit the "Help for Hurricane Victims" page of the IRS website, www.irs.gov.

For the latest information on Hurricane Gustav, visit emergency.louisiana.gov or call the state's emergency hotline at 1-866-288-2484 to listen to a recorded message with the most up-to-date information.

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