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Court bars man convicted of tax fraud from preparing Louisiana tax returns...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – A Louisiana court has barred a former Baton Rouge tax preparer from preparing state income tax returns.

 

Judge Michael Caldwell of the 19th Judicial District in East Baton Rouge Parish issued the injunction against Joseph A. Gillies (Booking Photo) at the request of the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR).

 

Gillies was arrested in January 2017 on felony charges that he used “ghost” companies and fabricated business losses to claim $768,740.00 in improper tax refunds on behalf of his clients. Numerous clients told investigators they had not reported any business losses when they provided Gillies with their tax records, and many said they weren’t even business owners. Gillies pleaded guilty in October 2018 to one count of tax evasion.

 

Act 526 of the 2018 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature authorized LDR to bring lawsuits against tax preparers who engage in fraudulent activity such as submitting false tax returns.

 

“With this new legislation on the books, LDR is in a stronger position to protect the public from unscrupulous tax preparers,” Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Lewis Robinson said.

 

The injunction issued May 29, 2019, bars Gillies permanently from preparing any Louisiana tax returns other than his own. 

 

 

Request Louisiana state income tax filing extensions before the May 15 filing deadline...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana taxpayers who need more time to file their state individual income taxes must submit their extension requests before the May 15, 2019, filing deadline. Failure to request an extension before the deadline can result in late-filing penalties.

 

Extension requests can be submitted electronically at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/extensions.

 

An extension provides more time to prepare and file a Louisiana individual income tax return. It does not grant additional time to pay any taxes due. Tax payments received after the May 15 deadline are subject to interest and late-payment penalties.

 

 

Protect tax records and financial documents from weather-related threats...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – To mark National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 5-11), the Louisiana Department of Revenue encourages taxpayers to protect their tax records and other financial documents from flood damage and other weather-related threats.

 

“A few simple steps can help to minimize hardship and confusion in the aftermath of a storm,” Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Lewis Robinson said. “There is no substitute for being prepared.”

 

Keep documents secure

Paper records are especially vulnerable to water damage. Protect these documents by placing them in airtight plastic containers or zip closure bags, and moving them out of harm’s way.

Scan important records such as tax returns, payroll records and insurance documents into an electronic format. Many commercially available home printers include scanning features.

 

Use paperless media & cloud storage

Save electronic records to portable storage media such as flash memory drives and store them in waterproof containers; or upload electronic records to cloud storage from your home or business computer and retrieve them later from any device with internet access. This can be helpful if you are evacuated.

Document valuables and business equipment

Compile a room-by-room list of your belongings or business equipment. Photograph or videotape the contents of your home or business, especially items of high value. Having a visual record of your valuables can provide proof for an insurance claim, and can help to verify losses for state and federal tax purposes.

Get a Game Plan

 

If you have to leave your home to escape severe weather, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness recommends you bring the following documents with you in a waterproof container:

 

  • Driver's license or personal identification
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
  • Insurance policies
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Stocks, bonds and other negotiable certificates
  • Wills, deeds and copies of recent tax returns

 

Following a disaster, the Louisiana Department of Revenue will provide information on potential tax deductions or credits, filing extensions and other tax-related relief. Bookmark www.revenue.louisiana.gov on your computer or save it to the home screen of your mobile device. Follow @larevenue on Twitter for real-time updates.

 

 

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