Tax Year 2022: What to Expect

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season will start on Monday, January 23, 2023, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2022 tax year returns. The West Virginia Tax Division will also begin accepting and processing 2022 tax year returns starting on Monday, January 23, 2023. 

April 18 is the Deadline for Personal Income Tax 

The filing deadline to submit 2022 tax returns and pay the tax owed is Tuesday, April 18, 2023, for most taxpayers. A request for an extension to file must also be submitted by April 18, 2022. The due date is April 18, instead of April 15, because of the Emancipation Day holiday.

Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Monday, October 16, 2023, to file. Please note that an extension to file is not an extension to pay. Payments must still be made by April 18, 2023.

Key Information to Help Taxpayers. 

West Virginia offers online resources to assist taxpayers found on this website. The Tax Division has incorporated recent changes to the tax laws into the forms and instructions. These updates have been shared with vendors who develop the software used by individuals and tax professionals to prepare and file tax returns.  Form IT-140 and the associated instructions are available now on  Tax.WV.Gov. For the latest forms and instructions, visit the West Virginia Tax Division website.

In addition, there are a variety of other free options available to help taxpayers.  These range from free assistance at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (1-800-906-9887) to Tax Counseling for the Elderly through the AARP Tax Aide Program (1-888-227-7669).

File Electronically and Choose Direct Deposit. 

The West Virginia Tax Division urges taxpayers 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 the tax refund. Having all information available when preparing the 2022 tax return can reduce errors and avoid delays in processing.

The West Virginia Tax Division anticipates most taxpayers will receive their refund within 21 days of when they file electronically, if they choose direct deposit and there are no issues with their tax return. The IRS urges taxpayers and tax professionals to file electronically. To avoid delays in processing, people 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. In these instances, it may take more than the normal 21 days to issue the refund

Free File Options 

Some commercial tax filing companies are offering free file options for taxpayers who meet certain criteria. The list of free file members and their criteria is here.

Tips to Make Filing Easier 

To avoid processing delays and speed refunds, the Tax Division urges people to follow these steps:

Check Tax.WV.Gov for the latest tax information.

Individuals can use a bank account, prepaid debit card or mobile app to use direct deposit and will need to provide routing and account numbers.

Make final estimated tax payments for 2022 by Tuesday, January 17, 2023, to help avoid a possible assessment for taxes owed and penalties. 

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 several important dates taxpayers should keep in mind for this year's filing season:
  • January 17: Due date for tax year 2022 fourth quarter estimated tax payment.
  • January 23: West Virginia begins 2023 tax season. The West Virginia Tax Division will begin accepting individual 2022 tax returns on this date.  
  • April 18: Due date to file 2022 tax return, request an extension, and pay tax owed.
  • October 16: Due date to file 2022 tax returns with extension.