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Hurricane Katrina

FTB follows federal extension periods, postpones deadlines for victims hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina

FTB is giving taxpayers in the hardest hit areas of Louisiana and Mississippi until August 28, 2006, to file returns and make tax payments that had a due date or extended due date on or after August 29, 2005, through August 28, 2006. This action conforms the state to the same postponement periods announced by the IRS.

An automatic postponement applies to taxpayers in the following Louisiana parishes: Cameron, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, and St. Tammany. The postponement also applies automatically to taxpayers in the following Mississippi counties: Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson.

Taxpayers outside the above areas that suffered severe hurricane damage are also entitled to the extra time. They should identify themselves by writing "Hurricane Katrina" in red ink at the top of the tax return. If taxpayers are e-filing, they should follow the software instructions to enter the disaster information.

Taxpayers needing copies of state returns to replace returns that were lost or damaged should complete Form FTB 3516, Request for Copy of Tax Return. Print "Hurricane Katrina" in red at the top of the request. Disaster victims receive free copies of tax returns.

To learn more about state disaster losses, refer to publication FTB 1034, Disaster Loss at or the IRS 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts at