Louisiana State Income Tax
Tax Year 2013
Louisiana Income Tax Table
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The Louisiana Income Tax
Louisiana collects a state income tax at a maximum marginal tax rate of %, spread across tax brackets. Like the Federal Income Tax, Louisiana's income tax allows couples filing jointly to pay a lower overall rate on their combined income with wider tax brackets for joint filers.
Notably, Louisiana has the highest maximum marginal tax bracket in the United States. You can learn more about how the Louisiana income tax compares to other states' income taxes by visiting our map of income taxes by state.
You can deduct tax paid to local jurisdictions like parishes or municipalities. Unlike other states which have eplicit standard deductions and personal exemptions, Louisiana has a combined exemption that serves as both a standard deduction and personal exemption.
There are 195 days left until Tax Day, on April 15th 2015. The IRS will start accepting eFiled tax returns in January 2015 - you can start your online tax return today for free with TurboTax .
Louisiana Tax Deductions
Income tax deductions are expenses that can be deducted from your gross pre-tax income. Using deductions is an excellent way to reduce your Louisiana income tax and maximize your refund, so be sure to research deductions that you mey be able to claim on your Federal and Louisiana tax returns. For details on specific deductions available in Louisiana, see the list of Louisiana income tax deductions.
- Unlike many other states, Louisiana has no standard deduction. Certain itemized deductions (including property tax, qualified charitable contributions, etc) may be allowed depending on the income level and filing type of the taxpayer. Keep in mind that not all deductions allowed on your federal income tax return are necessarily going to be allowed on your Louisiana income tax return.
- Louisiana has no personal exemption. The Federal Income Tax, however, does allow a personal exemption to be deducted from your gross income if you are responsible for supporting yourself financially.
- Unlike most states, Louisiana does not have a dependent deduction. You can, however, claim dependent deductions on your Federal Tax Return.
- Louisiana allows itemized deductions, and you can claim the same itemized deductions on your Louisiana tax return as you do on your Federal tax return. You must choose between itemizing your deductions and choosing the Louisiana standard deduction, so it's generally only worth itemizing your deductions if your itemized total is more then the Louisiana and Federal standard deductions. For more details, visit the list of Louisiana itemized deductions.
Tax-Rates.org provides easy access to of the most commonly used Louisiana income tax forms, in downloadable PDF format. For all of the tax forms we provide, visit our Louisiana tax forms library or the 's tax forms page.
How To File Your Louisiana Income Tax Return
Where To Send Your Louisiana Tax Return
e-Filing: Submit Your Louisiana Tax Return Online
You can save time and money by electronically filing your Louisiana income tax directly with the . Benefits of e-Filing your Louisiana tax return include instant submission, error checking, and faster refund response times. Most tax preparers can electronically file your return for you, or you can do it yourself using free or paid income tax software, like the examples listed below.
To e-file your Louisiana and Federal income tax returns, you need a piece of tax software that is certified for eFile by the IRS. While most in-depth tax software charges a fee, there are several free options available through the states, and simple versions are also offered free of charge by most tax software companies.
The two most popular tax software packages are H&R Block At Home, sold by the H&R Block tax preparation company, and TurboTax Federal & State, sold by the Intuit software company. Both companies produce multiple editions for simple to very complex tax returns, so be sure to carefully compare the features offered by each package.
Getting Your Louisiana Tax Refund
If your state tax witholdings are greater then the amount of income tax you owe the state of Louisiana, you will receive an income tax refund check from the government to make up the difference.
It should take one to three weeks for your refund check to be processed after your income tax return is recieved. E-filing your return and filing early can help ensure your refund check gets sent as quickly as possible.
Once you've filed your tax return, all you have to do is wait for your refund to arrive. If you want to check the status of your Louisiana tax refund, you can visit the Louisiana Income Tax Refund page.
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- Our state ranking and income tax figures are based on a family of four (married parents with two children) earning the national median household income of $50,000 per year. Deductions and personal exemptions are taken into account, but some state-specific deductions and tax credit programs may not be accounted for.
- Before the official 2014 Louisiana income tax rates are released, provisional 2014 tax rates are based on Louisiana's 2013 income tax brackets.
- The 2014 state personal income tax brackets are updated from the Louisiana and Tax Foundation data.
- Louisiana tax forms are sourced from the Louisiana income tax forms page, and are updated on a yearly basis. Please make sure the Louisiana forms you are using are up-to-date.