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Court bars Louisiana man convicted of tax-related felonies from working as tax preparer ...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – At the request of the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR), a New Orleans judge barred a man convicted of tax-related felonies from working as a Louisiana tax preparer.

 

Judge Ellen M. Hazeur, of the Orleans Parish Civil District Court, permanently blocked Leroi Gorman Jackson (2017 Booking Photo) from “directly or indirectly acting as a Louisiana tax preparer, or filing, assisting in, or directing the preparation or filing” of any Louisiana tax returns other than his own.

 

Jackson, the owner of a chain of tax preparation businesses known as Taxman Financial Services, LLC, was arrested in 2017 for submitting income tax returns on behalf of his clients that contained phony business losses and resulted in $20,000 in fraudulent tax refunds; and for withholding an estimated $21,891 in payroll taxes from his employees’ paychecks, but failing to remit the withheld taxes to the state. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of Filing False Public Records. Jackson pleaded guilty to a similar scheme in 2014.

 

In addition to the criminal charges, LDR litigators brought a civil case against Jackson seeking to bar him from working as a tax preparer in Louisiana.

 

Jackson is the second tax preparer barred from preparing returns under Act 526 of the 2018 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, which authorizes the Department of Revenue to bring lawsuits against tax preparers who engage in fraudulent activity such as submitting false tax returns.

 

 “Our goals with these civil cases are to protect taxpayers and to send a clear message that the State of Louisiana will not tolerate tax preparer fraud,” said Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Lewis Robinson.

 

Search for Barred Tax Preparers

 

·         State of Louisiana

·         IRS

 

Tips for Choosing a Reputable Tax Preparer

 

  • Try to find a preparer who will be around to answer questions after the return has been filed.
  • Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of the amount of the refund or who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers without first reviewing your returns.
  • Review and ask questions before signing a return.
  • Ask others that you know who have used that preparer if they were satisfied with the services that they received.
  • Ask any preparer that you are considering for references.
  • Ask and verify if the preparer belongs to a professional organization that requires its members to pursue continuing education and also holds them accountable to a code of ethics.
  • Always question entries on your return that you don’t understand.
  • Never sign a blank return.
  • Insist that the preparer sign as the paid preparer of the return and provide his/her appropriate information on the return.
  • The preparer should meet with the taxpayer and go over the return before it is filed.
  • Taxpayers should be provided a copy of their return before it is filed.
  • Pay attention to media reports of persons who have been convicted of tax fraud.
  • Taxpayers should be aware that the information that they provide to their preparer could be used to commit identity theft by an unscrupulous preparer.

 

 

 

Louisiana state income tax filing begins Monday, Jan. 27...Continue Reading

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2019 state individual income tax returns on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. The date coincides with the date the IRS begins accepting 2019 federal income tax returns.

 

On Jan. 27, Louisiana taxpayers can begin filing their state income tax returns electronically through Louisiana File Online, the state’s free web portal for individual tax filers. Louisiana File Online allows taxpayers to:

 

·         File returns and pay taxes electronically

·         Check the status of individual income tax refunds

·         Amend current and prior-year tax returns

·         Request a filing extension

 

Also on Jan. 27, taxpayers can begin submitting returns to the state through commercially available tax preparation software; or they can download paper tax forms from the LDR website at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/Forms. Updated printed forms will not be available before Jan. 27.

 

2019 Louisiana Individual Income Tax returns and payments are due May 15, 2020.

 

LDR has implemented enhanced security measures to protect Louisiana taxpayers from identity theft and other types of tax fraud. If returns do not trigger any fraud indicators, taxpayers due refunds can expect them within 45 days of the filing date if they file electronically and within 14 weeks if they file paper returns.

 

Taxpayers can minimize delays in receiving their refunds by updating their contact information with LDR, including name, address and telephone number. If you have moved or changed your name since your last tax filing, update your contact information at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/AddressChange.

 

 

     

Filing and payment extensions available for state taxes due November 20, 2019...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Due to an attempted ransomware attack affecting computer systems throughout state government, the Louisiana Department of Revenue has extended the filing dates for state taxes due Nov. 20, 2019. The extended due date is Nov. 25, 2019, for the following taxes:

 

·         Sales and Use Tax 

·         Prepaid Wireless Telecommunications 911 Service Charge 

·         Hotel Occupancy Tax 

·         Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Food and Beverage Tax 

·         Beer Tax 

·         Tobacco Tax 

·         Terminal Operator Monthly Tax

·         Distributer/Exporter/Blender Tax

·         Motor Fuel Transporter Tax

·         Fuel Backup Tax 

·         Transportation And Communication Tax - Monthly Return 

 

This filing extension is available due to the November 18, 2019, attempted ransomware attack that affected operations and services at multiple state agencies, including the Department of Revenue. The attack did not compromise any state tax returns or taxpayer information. However, certain services provided by the department were disrupted, including the sales tax filing application Parish E-File and the Louisiana Taxpayer Access Point (LaTAP), the state’s tax account management portal.

 

No extension request is necessary on the part of the taxpayer. The department will apply the extension automatically and will waive any interest, delinquent filing penalty or delinquent payment penalty for any eligible return or payment submitted by the extended Nov. 25 deadline.

 

 

 

Filing Dates

02/20 Thursday
Sales and Use Tax
Prepaid Wireless Telecommunications 911 Service Charge
Hotel Occupancy Tax
Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Food and Beverage Tax
Beer Tax
Tobacco Tax
Terminal Operator Monthly
02/24 Monday
Supplier/Permissive Supplier
02/28 Friday
Terminal Operator Annual
03/16 Monday
Alcoholic Beverage Tax

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