When to file income tax returns? Louisiana accepting 2021 returns Jan. 24

Staff Report

The Louisiana Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2021 state individual income tax returns Jan. 24.

According to a news release, it coincides with the date the Internal Revenue Service begins accepting 2021 federal income tax returns.

In this file photo, tax professional Stephanie Hudson works on tax returns for clients.

On Jan. 24, 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

Taxpayers may also submit their returns using commercially available tax preparation software, or with printed state returns available on the LDR website at

For returns submitted electronically, taxpayers due refunds can expect them within 45 days of the filing date. For paper returns, the refund processing time is 14 weeks.

Taxpayers can minimize delays in receiving their refunds by updating their contact information with LDR. If you have moved or changed your name since your last tax filing, update your contact information at

The deadline for filing 2021 Louisiana Individual income tax returns is Monday, May 16, 2022.