Louisiana taxpayers can choose a paper check for their state income tax refunds beginning with returns filed for the 2012 tax year. The paper state individual income tax return (Form IT-540) includes the option on line 36 of the form.
Taxpayers who do not make a selection on the paper form will receive their refunds on a pre-loaded debit card.
Taxpayers filing their tax returns electronically can choose a paper check, the debit card, or direct deposit.
The Louisiana Department of Revenue encourages electronic filing for all income tax returns. It is the most error-free method of tax filing and provides the fastest processing time for refunds.