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July 1 tax filing deadline reminder

Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia Department of Taxation are reminding Virginians who have not yet filed their Virginia individual income taxes to take action now. Taxpayers must file by midnight on Monday, July 1, to qualify for the Tax Relief Refund. The refund is the result of state legislation passed by the 2019 Virginia General Assembly in response to the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. An individual filer could receive up to $110 and a married couple filing a joint return could receive up to $220. The refund is not to exceed the taxpayer’s liability, and the law requires the checks to be mailed out by Oct. 15.

“With the filing deadline fast approaching, I urge all Virginians who still need to submit state individual income taxes to file now so they can qualify for the Tax Relief Refund,” said Governor Northam.

“Individual income tax returns are due at midnight on July 1, which is now less than two weeks away,” said Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne. “We encourage Virginia taxpayers to take advantage of the variety of filing options and complete their taxes before the deadline to avoid any penalties or delays in receiving their refund.”

Some factors could reduce the Tax Relief Refund including: If you owe Virginia state taxes for 2018 or for any previous tax years, the Department of Taxation will withhold all or part of the refund and apply it to outstanding tax bills; and if you owe money to Virginia local governments, courts, other state agencies or the IRS, the Department of Taxation will withhold all or part of the refund to help pay these debts.

Here are some other tips to help the Department of Taxation process your return more smoothly — ensure your name, address and Social Security number are correct on your return; file electronically; and include your Virginia driver’s license or Virginia identification card number on your return. Visit https://www.tax.virginia.gov for more information.