West Virginia Income Tax Filing Season 2021

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season will start on Monday, January 24, 2022, and will begin accepting 2021 income tax returns on that day.

The West Virginia State Tax Department will open its tax season the same day - Monday, January 24, 2022 and will likewise begin accepting 2021 income tax returns.

April 18 is the Filing Deadline for Personal Income Tax

The filing deadline to submit 2021 tax returns and pay the tax owed is Monday, April 18, 2022 to match the date the federal income tax return is due.

A request for an extension to file must also be submitted by April 18, 2022.

Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Monday, October 17, 2022, to file.

Please note that an extension to file is not an extension to pay. Payments must still be made by April 18, 2022.

File Electronically and Choose Direct Deposit.

The IRS and the West Virginia State Tax Department urge taxpayers and tax professionals to file electronically with direct deposit information as soon as they have everything they need to file an accurate return.

If the return includes errors or is incomplete, it may require further review that may slow down the tax refund.

Having all information available when preparing the 2021 tax return can reduce errors and avoid delays in processing.

Note: To avoid delays in processing, taxpayers and tax professionals should avoid filing paper returns wherever possible.

Some returns, filed electronically or on paper, may need manual review, which can delay processing.

Some situations require us to correspond with taxpayers, while others do not.

Online Resources

Free File Options

Free Assistance Options

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (1-800-906-9887)
  • Tax Counseling for the Elderly through the AARP Tax Aide Program (1-888-227-7669).

Tips to Make Filing Easier

To avoid processing delays and to speed the issuance of any refund, the Tax Department urges people to follow these five steps:

  1. Check Tax.WV.Gov for the latest tax information.
  2. Organize and gather 2021 tax records including Social Security numbers, Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, Adoption Taxpayer Identification Numbers, and this year's Identity Protection Personal Identification Numbers valid for calendar year 2022.
  3. Use a bank account, prepaid debit card or mobile app to use direct deposit. Taxpayers will need to provide routing and account numbers.
  1. Make final estimated tax payments for 2021 by Tuesday, January 18, 2022, to help avoid a possible assessment for taxes owed and penalties.
  2. Set up or log in securely at MyTaxes.WVTax.Gov to access personal tax account information including balance, payments, and tax records including adjusted gross income.

Key Filing Season Dates

There are important dates taxpayers should keep in mind for this year's filing season:

  • January 18: Due date for tax year 2021 fourth quarter estimated tax payment.
  • January 24: West Virginia begins 2022 tax season. West Virginia State Tax Department will begin accepting individual 2021 tax returns on this date.
  • April 18: Due date to file 2021 tax return, request an extension, and pay tax owed.
  • October 17: Due date to file 2021 tax returns with approved extension.