What You Need To Know About Your State Taxes After The 2016 Floods

First, we at the State Tax Department want you to know that the victims of the flooding that ravaged West Virginia in June 2016 are very much in our thoughts. Several of our own employees were affected by this natural disaster. We are deeply sorry for the loss you and your loved ones have experienced.

As you begin rebuilding your lives after the flood, we know you will have questions about what to do about your state taxes whether on an individual or business level. Most of your questions will be specific to your personal situation; therefore, you will need to call us so you get the most accurate answer to your questions.

We have compiled some information on this page that we hope you find useful, but we encourage you to call us during normal business hours to speak with one of our representatives, or e-mail us at the address below.

Taxpayer Services

We are available Monday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

800-982-8297
Press 1 for Flood Related Assistance

304-558-3333
Press 1 for Flood Related Assistance

TaxHelp@WV.Gov

Federal Disaster/State of Emergency

Both the federal and state governments designated several counties as Federal Disaster or State of Emergency areas. In terms of taxes, what this means for you is that West Virginia tax law mirrors federal tax law in many ways, including the granting of extensions of time to file.

Accordingly, with respect to all returns, payments and reports required by the West Virginia corporation net income tax and the West Virginia personal income tax, whenever an affected taxpayer is allowed an extension of time to file or pay federal corporate or individual income taxes, that extension applies equally with regard to the corresponding West Virginia taxes.

If you have questions about your situation, please contact Taxpayer Services at the number above.

For more information, please see this document.

Federal Disaster Declaration

The following counties have been declared federal disaster areas as a result of the June 2016 severe storms and flooding:

  • Clay
  • Fayette
  • Greenbrier
  • Jackson
  • Kanawha
  • Lincoln
  • Monroe
  • Nicholas
  • Pocahontas
  • Roane
  • Summers
  • Webster

State Disaster Declaration

The following 32 counties have been declared by Governor Tomblin as falling under a State of Emergency:

  • Barbour
  • Boone
  • Braxton
  • Cabell
  • Calhoun
  • Doddridge
  • Gilmer
  • Harrison
  • Lewis
  • Logan
  • Marion
  • Mason
  • Mercer
  • McDowell
  • Mingo
  • Monongalia
  • Pendleton
  • Pleasants
  • Preston
  • Putnam
  • Raleigh
  • Randolph
  • Ritchie
  • Taylor
  • Tucker
  • Tyler
  • Upshur
  • Wayne
  • Wetzel
  • Wirt
  • Wood
  • Wyoming

Property Tax

Many persons affected by the recent flooding have questions about property taxes.

Property Taxes are primarily administered at the local level, not by the State Tax Department. However, the State Tax Department is working with County Officials to ensure property owners affected by the recent flooding receive the property tax relief they deserve.

If you are a property owner whose home, personal property (vehicles) or business has been damaged by flooding please contact your local assessor’s office. A listing of addresses and phone numbers is in the link below:

County Assessors Contact Information

Please note your current property tax bill is based on the condition of your property as of July 1, 2015. Any adjustments made for property damage due to flooding will impact the property tax bills you receive next year.

Flood Disaster Extension of Time to File

West Virginia Disaster Relief Extension Instructions

Business Registration

If your business location address has been changed as a result of the 911 mapping of your area, please provide a letter from the 911 office with the updated address.

In the case only your mailing address has changed, please notify us by email with the updated mailing address and your FEIN or tax account number at TaxHelp@WV.Gov.

In an effort to expedite physical address changes, please email the letter from the 911 office and include your FEIN or tax account number to TaxHelp@WV.Gov.

Below are contact numbers for the 911 offices in the affected areas:

Internal Revenue Service

IRS Publication 2194: Disaster Resource Guide for Individuals and Businesses

IRS Disaster Assistance Hotline: 1-866-562-5227