If you are a West Virginia resident then you then you will most likely be required to file a state income tax return. if you accumulated income from a source within West Virginia as a part-time resident or non-resident you will be required to report that income. However, if you and your spouse are 65 or older and your total income is less than the amount of your personal exemption then you will not be required to file. Like the federal return your West Virginia state return will be due by the usual April 15th date.
West Virginia has both a sales and income tax and the income tax rate brackets look like this:
Single Filers and Married Filing Jointly
$0 – $10,000 – 3%
$10,000 – $25,000 – 4%
$25,000 – $40,000 – 4.5%
$40,000 – $60,000 – 6%
$60,000+ – 6.5%
There is no standard deduction but you take a personal exemption of $2,000 as a single filer and $4,000 for those filing married filing jointly. You can also take an exemption of $2,000 for each dependent.
The state implements a 6% sales tax on most goods besides prescription drugs. Starting in July of 2012 food will now be taxed at 1%. Like most states, local municipalities can levy an additional tax which in West Virginia means up to an extra 1%. Seniors aged 60 or older are eligible for a discount card which will work on pharmaceutical, retail, and professional discounts.There is no inheritance tax and the estate tax is limited and related to federal collections.
For questions regarding specific state policies or tax situations you should refer to the West Virginia State Tax Departments website. You can also visit our tax forms page where you can go to get all of the tax forms that you’ll need to file all of the required state taxes.