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Dept. of Revenue encourages taxpayers to check refund status online...Continue Reading


BATON ROUGE – Louisiana taxpayers can check the status of their state income tax refunds online with the “Where’s My Refund?” app on the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) website.


Due to extremely high call volume during tax filing season, taxpayers will get a faster answer about their refund status by searching online instead of calling. Visit and enter your social security number, the relevant tax year, your filing status and the refund amount shown on your tax return.


Taxpayers can generally expect their refunds within 60 days of the filing date if they file their taxes electronically, and within 14 weeks if they file paper returns. Refunds can be delayed if taxpayers fail to keep their addresses current with the Department of Revenue; if there are math errors or other problems with the tax return; or if the return triggers fraud indicators.


Since LDR began accepting and processing 2017 state individual income tax returns on Jan. 29, the department has issued more than 404,000 individual income tax refunds.


The Louisiana individual income tax filing deadline is May 15.



Updated state income tax withholding tables in effect following federal tax reform...Continue Reading


BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) has updated the state’s income tax withholding tables to account for changes in federal tax law passed by the U.S. Congress late last year in the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.


LDR has issued an emergency rule to ensure that employers are withholding the correct amount of state income taxes from employee paychecks and avoiding unnecessary penalties for businesses and unexpected tax liabilities for workers.


The updated withholding tables are effective February 16, 2018. They are published in LAC 61:I.1501. Employers should begin using the updated tables immediately.



Dept. of Revenue sues three businesses in statewide crackdown on payroll tax fraud...Continue Reading


BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) is taking legal action against three Louisiana businesses it accuses of evading taxes by not withholding and remitting the appropriate payroll taxes from their employees’ earnings. LDR is suing the companies to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in overdue taxes, penalties, and interest.


In 2017, the GAME ON (Government Against Misclassified Employees Operational Network) Task Force was formed as an interagency network to combat employee misclassification. In collaboration with the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Office of Unemployment Insurance and Office of Workers’ Compensation, LDR works to recover unpaid withholding tax by identifying businesses that misclassify employees. Most misclassifications involve employers improperly labeling workers as independent contractors to evade withholding tax and other costs. The employer commonly pays the worker in cash with no Louisiana payroll tax withheld.


“The evasion of withholding taxes is a serious crime that robs Louisiana taxpayers of revenues the state uses to provide vital services such as public safety, healthcare, education and infrastructure,” said Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Lewis Robinson.


LDR filed suit against Elliott Roofing Services of Metairie, Antunez Painting of Baton Rouge, and Extreme Cars & Trucks of Monroe. LDR assessed the companies through a new withholding audit program designed to recover withholding tax resulting from employee misclassification and unreported cash payments. The audit program focuses on labor brokers and industries that typically employ independent contractors, including construction, personal services, and staffing companies.


For the tax years 2013 through 2015, the total tax, penalty, and interest owed by the companies is more than $242,000:




Total Tax, Penalty, & Interest








Elliott Roofing Services





24th Judicial District Court

Antunez Painting

Baton Rouge




19th Judicial District Court

Extreme Cars & Trucks





4th Judicial District Court


One unfair advantage this type of fraud provides to companies misclassifying their employees is the ability to outbid competitors on state contracts and other business due to lower costs. These costs include withholding tax, paying at least the minimum wage, overtime compensation, family and medical leave, unemployment insurance, and workplace safety.


“We are putting companies who engage in this fraudulent behavior on notice that they shouldn’t expect to get away with it,” Secretary Robinson said.


Lawsuits against the three companies were filed in December 2017. Several other audits are currently in progress, with some employers having agreed to pay the assessed withholding tax liabilities.



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