CHARLESTON, WV--President Obama has declared Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Mercer and Raleigh counties in West Virginia to be federal disaster areas qualifying for assistance.
Due to this declaration, an extension of time to file West Virginia tax returns and an extension of time to pay West Virginia taxes is available for those individuals and businesses affected by severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides which occurred in the affected counties beginning on March 12 of this year.
The due dates to file State tax returns and the due dates to pay State taxes have been extended until May 11, 2010 for most West Virginia taxes (including personal income tax, corporate net income tax, business franchise tax, withholding tax, and consumers sales and service tax and use tax). These extensions of time apply only to taxes and tax returns that have either (1) an original due date or (2) an extended due date that fall in the period from March 12, 2010 to May 11, 2010, inclusive. These extensions apply only to Taxpayers located in Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Mercer and Raleigh counties in West Virginia.
Eligible Taxpayers should mark across the top of any tax return extended under this declaration with BLACK or BLUE ink the words:
“FEDERAL DISASTER EXTENSION”
Failure to mark State tax returns as required may result in the imposition of interest, late filing penalties and late payment penalties.
If a Taxpayer who files a return or pays tax under the extensions authorized by this declaration receives a notice for late filed returns or late paid tax, or a notice of penalties and interest imposed for late filed returns or late paid tax, the Taxpayer should call the number shown below for assistance.
Once again, penalties and interest will be abated only for Taxpayers who have an original or extending due date for filing tax returns or for paying tax that falls within the extension period -- March 12, 2010 to May 11, 2010 -- and only for Taxpayers who are located in Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Mercer and Raleigh counties in West Virginia.
For further inquiries, please contact the Compliance Division at (304) 558-8753.
Lee Ann Kennedy