Louisiana taxpayers can start filing state tax returns on January 29

Filing season for the 2017 tax year will begin on January 29, the Internal Revenue Service announced.

If someone is due a refund, Revenue Department officials said 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. Taxpayers who are using a tax software product for the first time will need their adjusted gross income from their 2016 tax return to file electronically.

The date coincides with when the Internal Revenue Service, IRS, will start accepting federal income tax returns.

There are a variety of options to get help filing and preparing tax returns by visiting IRS.gov, where taxpayers can find answers to tax questions and resolve tax issues online.

Under the tax law, legal holidays in Washington, D.C., affect the filing deadline across the nation. While the IRS will process those returns when received, it can not issue related refunds before mid-February.

The IRS also warned taxpayers claiming certain tax credits that refunds will not be available until late February.

- Those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) won't see refunds until at least February 27.

The IRS expects to issue the vast majority of refunds within 21 days of a return being filed.

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