Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
Tax extension for Irene victims
If you were due to file individual or business taxes Sept. 15 and live in an area hit by Hurricane Irene, you’ve got a week’s grace.
Gov. Bob McDonnell says the state is granting a one-week filing and payment extension for income and witholding taxes to individuals and businesses affected by Irene. He said the hurricane could have made it difficult for people to access their records or their tax preparer in time to file by the normal deadline.
Those taxes will now be due Sept. 22.
The extension does not apply to sales taxes.
According to the governor’s news release, the tax department might give longer extensions for “hardship cases,” but you’ll have to apply to the department. Written requests for additional extensions can be emailed to TaxIndReturns@tax.virginia.gov for personal tax inquiries and TaxBusQuestions@tax.virginia.gov for business tax inquiries. You can also mail those requests to:
Virginia Department of Taxation
Customer Service Section
Hurricane Irene Relief Extension
P.O. Box 1115
Richmond, VA 23218-1115