- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The deadline for filing state income tax returns is drawing near.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue says May 16 is the last day for people to file individual income tax returns or file extension requests.

The agency says taxpayers can file their returns electronically. That is done on the Louisiana File Online website, a free web application. People can file their taxes, make payments and upload documents on the site.

To avoid penalties, people in need of more time to file returns must request an extension by May 16 too.

Meanwhile, taxpayers in federally declared disaster areas due to storms and flooding in March are eligible for filing and payment extensions too.

But disaster-related extensions are not granted automatically and taxpayers need to request extensions from the Department of Revenue.

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