- Associated Press - Monday, January 8, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana personal income taxpayers can start filing their 2017 state tax returns on Jan. 29.

The state Department of Revenue announced Monday it will start accepting individual income tax returns the same day the IRS starts taking federal income tax returns.

Louisiana taxpayers are encouraged to file state taxes online . But they can also download paper tax forms from the revenue department website or file returns through other tax preparation software. Updated printed forms will not be available until Jan. 29.

If someone is due a refund, the revenue department says that will generally take about 60 days from the filing date if returns are submitted electronically or 14 weeks if returns are filed on paper.

The deadline to file individual income tax returns with the state is May 15.

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