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On March 7, 2023, Governor Jim Justice signed HB 2526 immediately reducing the income tax in tax year 2023 by an average of 21.25%. The bill also provides for a number of refundable tax credits for payment of property taxes. The following information is initial guidance on the income tax rate cut. More guidance will follow as it becomes available.
Individuals are now subject to lower tax rates on their income beginning in the 2023 tax year. These rate changes do not affect your 2022 personal income tax return filed in 2023. These rates will be on your 2023 personal income tax return filed in early 2024.
The following tables represent the tax rates now applicable to income in the 2023 tax year.
For individuals (except married individuals filing separate returns), individuals filing joint returns, heads of households, and estates and trusts, the following rates apply:
For married individuals filing separate returns:
These rates were changed retroactively to January 1, 2023. Therefore, if you over withheld income tax or overpaid your taxes prior to the rate change, a refund will be available to all taxpayers upon the filing of your 2023 personal income tax return in 2024.
As indicated above, the income of individuals is now subject to new tax rates.
The withholding tax tables have been updated for the 2023 tax year. The traditional two-earner table has been adjusted to account for the retroactive nature of the tax reduction: The optional single earner table has not.
Tax Credits for Property Taxes Paid
Taxpayers will be eligible to claim a credit on their 2024 state income tax return, filed in 2025, for all timely paid property taxes on vehicles in the 2024 calendar year. Additionally, taxpayers that do not owe state income tax and are not required to file an income tax return will be able to file a claim for a rebate of these property taxes in early 2025.
Other credits available in 2024 for taxes filed in 2025 are for residential property of disabled veterans and on all personal property taxes paid by small businesses.
More information on these credits will be made available soon.