State reveals ways to speed up your tax refund

State reveals ways to speed up your tax refund
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 12:52pm

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) -- The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) has announced a few ways in which to avoid delays for state income tax refunds.

The most common delay for receiving a state refund is a forgetting to check the change of address form when moving.  If a refund is sent to the wrong address, it is returned to the LDR, which significantly delays the refund getting in the taxpayers hand.

Taxpayers can use these steps to avoid delayed refunds, or even speed up refunds:

1. File electronically. The average processing time for refunds is about ten days when you use electronic options such as Louisiana File Online, the state’s free tax filing web application. For paper returns, the processing time is 12 to 16 weeks. Visit Louisiana File Online here.

2. Check and double-check the accuracy of your return. Ensure that all social security numbers and tax computations are correct. Math errors and incorrect tax table information are among the leading causes of delayed refunds.

3. Be sure to sign the return (spouses also, if applicable).

4. Include all supporting documentation, such as W-2s. Use paper clips, not staples, if filing a paper return.

5. Apply for extensions in a timely manner. This year’s deadline for a state filing extension application is May 16, 2011. You must apply separately for a state filing extension. It will not be granted automatically with a federal filing extension request.

6. If additional tax is due, include the remittance coupon to ensure proper posting.

7. Make checks or money orders payable to the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Do not send cash.

8. Update your personal information if you have moved or changed your name during the tax year.

9. Attach the proper label to the mailing envelope.

10. Do not include copies of the federal return with the state return.

To check the status of your Louisiana state income tax refund, visit “Where’s My Refund?" here or call 888-829-3071.

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