For some of you, the best season of the year is almost here -- tax season. (Only if you're getting a refund, of course.)

The Louisiana Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2019 state individual tax returns on Monday, January 27. This is also the same day the IRS will begin accepting 2019 federal income tax returns.

On Monday, Louisiana taxpayers can file their state income tax returns electronically via Louisiana File Online. This is the state's free web portal for individual tax filers.

The site allows you 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

Also on January 27, taxpayers can begin submitting to the state through commercially available tax preparation software or they can download paper tax forms from the LDR website at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/Forms.

Keep in mind that returns and payments for Louisiana residents are due by May 15, 2020.

If you've moved or changed your name since your last filing, you should visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/AddressChange to provide updated contact information.