Virginia taxpayers reminded of May 17 filing deadline

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By Associated Press | Published May 12, 2021 9:15 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia taxpayers have just days left to file their individual income taxes with the state.

The filing and payment deadline for submitting tax returns is May 17.

The typical May 1 deadline was extended this year to match the new Internal Revenue Service deadline.

Tax Commissioner Craig Burns said in a news release that the state is encouraging taxpayers to file electronically and request refunds via direct deposit.

It typically takes up to four weeks to process an electronically-filed return, and up to eight weeks to process a paper return. State officials said that this year, due to COVID-19 protocols, it will likely take even longer for a paper return to move through the system.

For those who miss the filing deadline, Virginia has an automatic, 6-month filing extension. No application is required. Taxpayers still need to pay any taxes owed on time to avoid additional penalties and interest.

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COVID-19 Variant found in Northwest VA.

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The COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 has been identified in a northwest Virginia resident.

Lord Fairfax Health District Director Dr. Colin Greene reminds us that continued mask wearing, social distancing as well as washing hands is the best way to protect ourselves.

The variant is associated with increased person to person transmission of COVID-19.

Dr. Greene stresses where the Lord Fairfax Health District is a part of the Northwest region the case may not be local.

Continued reinforcement of  COVID-19 protocols is the best way to protect oneself.

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