Well, we had so much fun in 2016 in Louisiana it's time we had to pay for it. Let us all let out a collective groan of disapproval. The State Department of Revenue has announced that you may begin filing your Louisiana State Tax Return on January 23rd. I can imagine there will not be a long line of takers waiting in line for that to happen.

According to the LDR website as of January 23rd, you may begin downloading all the forms you need to prepare your state return. The department also says that electronic filing will begin on that day as well.  If you're wondering, Uncle Sam also known as the Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting electronic tax filing on that day as well.

In a story published on NOLA.com and in the Times-Picayune reporter, Beau Evans also discovered these helpful tips that will help expedite your filing and your refund.

  • Taxpayers should update personal information if their name or address changed during the tax year.
  • Double-check return information to ensure that all Social Security numbers and tax computations are correct and that all names and Social Security numbers are in the same order as previous years. Math errors and incorrect tax table information are leading causes of delayed refunds.
  • Include all supporting information such as W-2s. Use paperclips, not staples, if filing a paper return.
  • Apply for extensions in a timely manner. Extension requests must be filed electronically no later than the May 15 income tax filing deadline.
  • If additional tax is due, include the remittance coupon to ensure proper payment posting.
  • Make checks or money orders payable to the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Do not send cash.
  • If filing a paper return, attach the proper label to the mailing envelope.

If you were affected by the Flood of 2016 either in north Louisiana or south Louisiana there is special information that you need to submit and procedures you'll want to know regarding your tax return and filing status.