Tax expert offers advice for extended Louisiana tax deadline

The pushed-back deadline to file your 2019 taxes has arrived!
The pushed-back deadline to file your 2019 taxes has arrived!(wcax)
Published: Mar. 24, 2021 at 10:46 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2021 at 10:46 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The state tax deadline for Louisiana residents has now been extended until June 15. It comes after many people were impacted by the February winter storms.

Justin Anderson, owner of Anderson Certified Public Accountant LLC, says the extended period also gives the IRS and the state some extra breathing room.

He encourages people who have all of their documentation ready to still go ahead and file your 2020 return as soon as possible. That allows you to apply any stimulus payments you may have not yet received on your taxes.

You can also update your direct deposit information with the IRS, which can be great to receive any payments or refunds quicker.

Anderson says for those who received unemployment in 2020 and those who are needing extra time to pay their taxes, it might be better to wait.

“There are some additional guidances that has not yet come forward,” Anderson says. “We should receive soon in the coming days in regards to how those individuals file their return.”

If you did receive unemployment in 2020 and you’ve already filed your return, “the IRS is recommending that you do not amend your return, but there will will be guidance coming forward soon.”

Though the Louisiana tax deadline is June 15, the federal deadline is still May 17.

Anderson says if you have any questions still to contact the IRS directly or your tax professional.

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