State and federal personal, partnership, and corporate income tax returns for 2019 are due Wednesday.
The original due dates were in April and May, but Louisiana Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson says the pandemic inspired the state and feds to push it back two to three months.
“Taxpayers did not need to take any action to get this extension. This was automatic and it extended both the payment and the filing of the return and there is no interest or penalties associated with it as long as you file it by July 15th,” says Robinson.
Robinson says they still have a fair number of returns that have not been filed yet, and that many people took advantage of the extended deadline, and with good reason.
“I know for myself personally when April 15th came around I was so focused on COVID-19 issues that it did not even register that it was tax day,” says Robinson.
Robinson says if you still need extra time you can file for an extension. She says that extends the requirement to file the return, but not the requirement to pay.
“If you do not pay by Wednesday you would still be looking at interest that is accruing on any payments that is still left outstanding,” says Robinson.
Robinson says the turnaround for getting tax returns is right in line with the three to four-week wait you’d expect from the usual tax season despite COVID impacting the Department’s operations.