Charleston, W.Va. – To avoid delays during any potential federal government shutdown, the West Virginia State Tax Department encourages all West Virginia Taxpayers to e-file both their State and federal personal income tax returns.
During any potential federal government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service will either suspend the processing of paper returns or slow down the processing time substantially. However, the IRS will continue to process electronically filed returns and to issue refunds for e-filed returns. Therefore, the State Tax Department recommends that Taxpayers who have not yet filed a personal income tax return for Tax Year 2010 to e-file their federal returns. The filing deadline this year is April 18, 2011.
West Virginia residents should be aware that paper tax returns filed with the State of West Virginia will not
be delayed due to any potential shutdown. This delay only pertains to paper returns filed with the IRS.
E-filing is the quickest and most accurate way to file personal income tax returns. Currently, 78%
of West Virginia Taxpayers have filed their State income tax returns electronically.
For more information about e-filing and instructions on filing personal income tax returns, please visit the West Virginia State Tax Department’s website at www.wvtax.gov