The Trump administration delayed filing and payment deadlines for taxes from the usual April 15 deadline to July 15 due to COVID-19. Many states delayed their deadline to match the federal one. However, Virginia did not align with the federal date, setting its new date to May 30. This resulted in many Virginians, including my family, missing the deadline — which meant penalty and interest charges. It turns out West Virginia also penalized their taxpayers for not filing at the time of the IRS deadline. Other neighboring states (Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina and D.C.) changed their filing dates to match the July 15 IRS date.
The Virginia Department of Taxation advised that the state was overspent by $236 million. Virginia’s tax-filing-support staff explained to me that taxpayers could write a letter requesting waiver of the penalties and interest. They informed me that the number of late filers — over 1 million — who were penalized for filing their 2019 taxes late more than doubled from last year. That is more 500,000 unsuspecting Virginians who usually file their federal and state taxes together.
Is the Democrat-controlled Virginia state government and legislature so insensitive to their taxpayers that they would make up for their overspending on our backs? Would Virginia’s state Democrats consider remediating their mistake by retroactively waiving all late-filling penalties and interest for taxpayers like me, who filed and paid before July 15? I hope so.
Those who share my interest in this issue may contact the governor’s office at (804) 786-2211.
LT. COL. JEFF FULLER
U.S. Army, Special Forces (retired)
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