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Prison inmate faces felony charges for years-long tax fraud scheme committed while behind bars...Continue Reading


BATON ROUGE – A former federal prison inmate faces state felony charges for an elaborate scheme, while he was behind bars, to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent state income tax refunds.


John Michael McConnell (booking photo) was booked Friday into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of theft and filing or maintaining false public records.


Investigators with the Louisiana Department of Revenue say that from 2010 to 2017, McConnell filed numerous false state income tax returns claiming an estimated $171,000 in fraudulent refunds. They say he fabricated the W-2 withholding statements that he submitted with the fraudulent returns.


With the exception of one incident in 2010, McConnell committed all of these alleged crimes while incarcerated in various prisons, including the Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution in Oakdale, Louisiana. He used post office boxes, girlfriends’ home addresses and the address of his parents’ business in Texas as his home addresses on the phony tax returns.


McConnell is the 71st person arrested under a joint anti-tax fraud initiative of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s office.



Dept. of Revenue encourages taxpayers to check refund status online...Continue Reading


BATON ROUGE – Louisiana taxpayers can check the status of their state income tax refunds online with “Where’s My Refund?” on the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) website.


Due to extremely high call volume during tax filing season, taxpayers will get a faster answer about their refund status by searching online instead of calling. Visit and enter your social security number, the relevant tax year, your filing status and the refund amount shown on your tax return.


Taxpayers can generally expect their refunds within 60 days of the filing date if they file their taxes electronically, and within 14 weeks if they file paper returns. Refunds can be delayed if taxpayers fail to keep their addresses current with the Department of Revenue; if there are math errors or other problems with the tax return; or if the return triggers fraud indicators.


Since LDR began accepting and processing 2017 state individual income tax returns on Jan. 29, the department has issued more than 404,000 individual income tax refunds.


The Louisiana individual income tax filing deadline is May 15.



Updated state income tax withholding tables in effect following federal tax reform...Continue Reading


BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) has updated the state’s income tax withholding tables to account for changes in federal tax law passed by the U.S. Congress late last year in the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.


LDR has issued an emergency rule to ensure that employers are withholding the correct amount of state income taxes from employee paychecks and avoiding unnecessary penalties for businesses and unexpected tax liabilities for workers.


The updated withholding tables are effective February 16, 2018. They are published in LAC 61:I.1501. Employers should begin using the updated tables immediately.



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