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Louisiana Taxpayers Diagnosed With Covid Could See More Relief

June 25, 2020, 8:10 PM

Louisiana taxpayers who were diagnosed with Covid-19,or whose tax preparers were, and filed returns or made payments late wouldn’t face penalties or interest under legislation state lawmakers sent to the governor on Thursday.

The waivers would apply to all 2019 or 2020 taxes due between March 11 and July 15, if Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signs the measure (H.B. 37). The penalty relief would end Nov. 15.

  • Proof of a Covid-19 diagnosis would be required if requested by the Department of Revenue.
  • The department previously extended the 2020 filing deadline until July 15 for income and franchise tax returns. It also waived penalties for March and April sales tax returns through June 30.
  • The Louisiana House unanimously concurred Thursday with amendments the Senate approved 36-0 earlier this week.

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