Businesses and individuals affected by June inclement weather in five West Virginia counties are now eligible for extensions of time to file and remit certain taxes, Governor Joe Manchin and Tax Commissioner Craig Griffith announced today.
“The safety and health of our citizens is our primary concern. We want to clean up the debris and get life back to normal in the areas that suffered severe weather,” Governor Joe Manchin said. “Adjusting tax deadlines is a simple change that can ease the burdens of the severe weather victims during this period.”
Due to severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides that occurred in June 2010, Lewis, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, and Wyoming counties have been declared federal disaster areas. Under section 7508A of the Internal Revenue Code, the Internal Revenue Service has granted affected Taxpayers an extension of time -- until Aug. 11, 2010 -- to file most tax returns (including individual, corporate, and estate and trust income tax returns; partnership returns, S corporation returns, and trust returns; estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax returns; and employment and certain excise tax returns), or to make tax payments, including estimated tax payments, that have either an original or extended due date occurring on or after June 12, 2010, and on or before Aug. 11, 2010.
As a result, the State Tax Department is extending deadlines to file and deadlines to pay employer withholdings of personal income tax, corporate net income tax, business franchise tax and estimated payments for the enumerated taxes, that have either an original or extended due date occurring on or after June 12, 2010, and on or before August 30, 2010. For a complete list of the taxes eligible for this extension visit the administrative notice section of www.wvtax.gov.
For all other Taxpayers outside the designated area, tax filing deadlines remain as previously scheduled.
Taxpayers filing returns under the extension should write “Federal Disaster Extension” on the top of the first page of the return, so the State Tax Department will not penalize the Taxpayer for late filing or paying.
“If an affected Taxpayer receives a penalty notice for the June reporting period, the Taxpayer should contact the Taxpayer Services Division,” Tax Commissioner Griffith said.
Taxpayer Services Division can be reached by calling (304) 558-3333 or toll free at 1-800-982-8297. Taxpayer Services Division offices are located through out the state. Visit www.wvtax.gov
for more information.
The IRS has also announced a postponement period for flood victims. To learn more about the IRS action, visit www.irs.gov
Kimberly Osborne, Director of Communications