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State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Virginia Res of Fairfax ()
Date: February 10, 2019 07:55AM

Virginia's tax season officially starts on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

However, there is one big difference this year that could affect your state return. The Virginia General Assembly is determining the Commonwealth’s response to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Because of this, Virginia Tax will not be able to start processing returns immediately.

Why? What's the hold up?

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: EddieG ()
Date: February 10, 2019 08:12AM

Richmond is playing chicken with the Tax Payers of Virginia. Justin Fairfax and the other liberals are behind this delay. I will never ever vote Democrat again in this Commonwealth. They could delay this for months the A-Holes.

Impeach them all.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Ying Ko ()
Date: February 10, 2019 08:20AM

It’s a republican led house, sweetie.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: FOX Newmonia ()
Date: February 10, 2019 08:35AM

Sure, but there are Commies in every closet, don't you know. And under every bed. Commies, Commies everywhere! That's how smart our right-wing friends are. Hide the women and children,

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Standard deduction ()
Date: February 10, 2019 08:50AM

Virginia Res of Fairfax Wrote:
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> Virginia's tax season officially starts on Monday,
> Jan. 28, 2019.
>
> However, there is one big difference this year
> that could affect your state return. The Virginia
> General Assembly is determining the
> Commonwealth’s response to the federal Tax Cuts
> and Jobs Act. Because of this, Virginia Tax will
> not be able to start processing returns
> immediately.
>
> Why? What's the hold up?

The new Federal Tax Law for 2018 forces far more tax payers onto the standard deduction than the prior Federal Tax Law.

This increases tax collections for Virginia under its current law which heavily favors being able to take deductions, but that also costs Virginians more money. Also, it's the middle class homeowners that are primarily affected by this, as the folks with the million dollar houses can still itemize...

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: You make the call... ()
Date: February 10, 2019 09:10AM

Standard deduction Wrote:
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> The new Federal Tax Law for 2018 forces far more tax payers
> onto the standard deduction than the prior Federal Tax Law.

Forces? You can itemize on your federal return even if the total of your itemized deductions is less than the Standard Deduction. It's your choice, and it may make sense for some to itemize in that the state standard deduction is so much lower than the federal standard deduction. Savings from the excess state itemized deductions may offset any extra tax owed on the federal side. You just have to run the numbers both ways and see.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Virginia Res of Fairfax ()
Date: February 10, 2019 09:32AM

I did run the numbers both ways and with itemizing vs the standard deduction I would get back a couple hundred more dollars. Now I am pissed that I could possibly have to wait several months to receive that back from the State of Virginia all because of politics in the Commonwealth.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Slowpokes... ()
Date: February 10, 2019 09:49AM

If it's so much money that you are talking about, you should have changed your state withholding. Otherwise, send a nasty-gram to these lolly-gagging Republicans in Richmond.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: The Numbers Game ()
Date: February 10, 2019 10:05AM

Ying Ko Wrote:
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> It’s a republican led house, sweetie.


Also a Republican led Senate. It isn't as simple as party though. And if the goal is to decrease on the state level the damage to taxpayers the damage caused by the Federal 2017 tax act, the solution isn't as simple as allowing taxpayers who claim the standard deduction on the Federal return to itemize on the Virginia return. Not that it matters because on the party level neither side is interested in restoring the status quo ante. The Republicans instead want to use the rewrite as an excuse to provide benefits to one group while Democrats want to use it to provide benefits to another. However both parties have their mavericks who understand their party's agenda isn't what most of their constituents want. This is why the problem wasn't solved when the General Assembly met in 2018, and with 2019 being an election year it is even harder to solve.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Virginia Res of Fairfax ()
Date: February 10, 2019 10:40AM

Excellent response. In your opinion do you feel it could take several months to issue returns to the taxpayers of Virginia? Are we in a total stalemate here?
Attachments:

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: nmk9c ()
Date: February 10, 2019 11:52AM

Just kicking this up ahead of the latest trash-wave.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: The Numbers Game ()
Date: February 10, 2019 12:53PM

Virginia Res of Fairfax Wrote:
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> Excellent response. In your opinion do you feel it
> could take several months to issue returns to the
> taxpayers of Virginia? Are we in a total stalemate
> here?
> Attachments:


No. The legislative session is scheduled to end on February 15. If the General Assembly doesn't get its shit together and pass something by then, I have heard the Department of Tax is ready to move based on the law in place at this date. The hold up is that VDTax didn't want to start processing returns based on one set of rules and then switch to another. Also rumor has it they didn't want to force taxpayers affected by a rule change to file amended returns. Not sure myself if VDTax is that thoughtful.

Longer term, Virginians are going to the polls this fall. If the General Assembly doesn't fix the problem this year it will be an issue for the fall election. The outcome of that election would probably dictate the direction of change in the 2020 General Assembly..

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Virginia Res of Fairfax ()
Date: February 10, 2019 01:00PM

Also rumor has it they didn't want to force taxpayers affected by a rule change to file amended returns.

I cannot even imagine the fiasco this would cause for those who filed already and for the VDTax.

Good to get a response from someone as knowledgeable as you. Thanks.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Bohica$$$ ()
Date: February 11, 2019 07:54AM

Basically, these officials in the Commonwealth of Virginia are treating the tax paying citizens no different than the government shutdown. A pack of scumbags. It's all about there party affiliation and the HELL with everyone else.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: The Numbers Game ()
Date: February 11, 2019 01:23PM

The latest I have heard is the following:

Processing Virginia tax returns is still on hold. A deal was worked out in the Virginia Senate, but as of a few days ago what the House would do was still uncertain.

Ignoring arcane rules of tax conformity what it means is that most taxpayers will be filing returns under rules that are similar to prior years. The tax rates will be the same. The standard deduction will be the same. The requirement that taxpayers who use the standard deduction on the Federal return must use the standard deduction on the Virginia return will still exist. Later this year there will be a tax rebate of a portion of the excess taxes Virginia collected due to the changes in the tax law. Based on the babble from one news source the rebate will be automatically sent to taxpayers without another filing, using the refund method indicated on the taxpayer's return.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Virginia Res of Fairfax ()
Date: February 12, 2019 11:21AM

Senator on TV today said the Virginia General Assembly does not adjourn for 2 more weeks. More delay it seems.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: The Numbers Game ()
Date: February 12, 2019 12:07PM

My mistake. I thought this was their short session year.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: HightaxLiberalshithole ()
Date: February 13, 2019 10:44AM

Now that there is a cap on State and local tax deductions, They need to shit can the vehicle personal property tax and just raise sales tax. There's a multitude of beaners and gooks around here with out of state tags.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Dillon rule... ()
Date: February 13, 2019 11:05AM

The Numbers Game Wrote:
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> My mistake. I thought this was their short session year.

All odd-numbered years are short-session years. A session in any year may be extended, but not by more than 30 days.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Nota bene ()
Date: February 13, 2019 11:18AM

HightaxLiberalshithole Wrote:
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> Now that there is a cap on State and local tax
> deductions, They need to shit can the vehicle
> personal property tax and just raise sales tax.
> There's a multitude of beaners and gooks around
> here with out of state tags.

Personal property taxes are COUNTY taxes, not STATE taxes.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Corrupt Commonwealth Gov. ()
Date: February 14, 2019 10:53AM

STATE TAX. I had to call them every year for the past 5 years because they simply would not process and pay me what they owed me.

I guess, you have ASK for it or they will keep them to accrue interest.?

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Lol... ()
Date: February 14, 2019 11:07AM

A few days interest on your puddly tax refund? LOL!!!

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: 4HX9E ()
Date: February 15, 2019 07:16AM

http://www.thecoalfieldprogress.com/news/virginia-income-tax-deal-is-struck/article_7015e534-2fdc-11e9-bf5b-732d5ad3873c.html

Virginia income tax deal is struck
JEFF LESTER • NEWS EDITOR Feb 14, 2019

The legislation, Senate Bill 1372 and House Bill 2529, met approval in both houses Tuesday and is headed to the governor for his signature no later than Feb. 20.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Gov sign off, processing begun ()
Date: February 16, 2019 03:17PM

Good news, article below, yesterday Friday PM.

Just sent my Virginia tax return this morning, which before was waiting to be sure the VA house and senate and governor did not pass any law changes affecting my 2018 return.

https://wtop.com/virginia/2019/02/virginia-tax-changes-signed-into-law-refund-processing-can-begin/

Virginia tax changes signed into law, refund processing can begin
By Max Smith | @amaxsmith February 15, 2019 1:29 pm

WASHINGTON — Gov. Ralph Northam signed emergency tax legislation into law Friday, which will allow delayed state tax return and refund processing to begin soon.

The bill conforms state law to match the federal GOP tax cut bill, but includes extra refunds for many taxpayers this fall and additional deductions on returns filed starting next year that are meant to offset nearly all state tax increases due to the federal legislation.

The Virginia Department of Taxation can now prepare its systems to process 2018 returns, including those already filed over the last few weeks. The returns are processed in the order received.

“As you may expect, we already have a significant backlog, so you may experience slower turnaround times for refunds than in years past,” Tax Commissioner Craig Burns said in a statement.

The delays were due to a dispute in the General Assembly over how any tax benefits should be distributed and whether any of the additional revenue should be kept in the state budget for other priorities.

The eventual agreement met Republicans’ push to prevent any significant state tax hike due to the federal tax cuts, but added some Democratic priorities of distributing more of the benefits of the tax changes than initially proposed to people who make less money.

It means the new spending proposed based on the increased revenue has been eliminated from budget plans in both the House and Senate. The two sides must reach an agreement by the end of the General Assembly session a week from Saturday.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: mxeje ()
Date: February 16, 2019 11:57PM

They had to retool their tax forms due to them being based on the federal return information. A lot of Federal forms were not available even in December of 2018, so this placed all the design of the taxes for Virginia on late hold.

Add to that they are trying to figure out ways that they can end up with most of the tax savings that people received with the new Federal tax law.

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Re: State Tax Returns delayed Why?
Posted by: Virginia Res of Fairfax ()
Date: February 21, 2019 04:56PM

We are starting to process 2018 returns in the order we received them.

We are currently processing returns received on February 3, 2019.

95% of all electronically filed returns are issued within 1 week but could take up to 4 weeks. If you filed your tax return on paper, processing your refund could take up to 8 weeks. If you mailed your tax return using Certified Mail, it could take an additional 3 weeks.

Latest from the Virginia.Gov site. Looking good now so it's should be long now.

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