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WV schools closed until April 20th

March 25th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice gave an update on three new moves the state is making in response to the coronavirus on Wednesday. Justice said he will recommend that the tax filing and payment deadline be extended to July 15, now matching the federal deadline. The governor also announced that the state would be waiving all penalties and interest on property tax filings until May 1. He also announced that the statewide school closure would be extended until April 20. The state will reevaluate as the circumstances change.

 

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CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice joined State health leaders at the Capitol Complex in Charleston today for a virtual press briefing to once again update the public on the many measures being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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STATEWIDE SCHOOL CLOSURES EXTENDED
During his address, Gov. Justice announced that he has instructed State Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch to extend the ongoing closure of all schools statewide for at least three-and-a-half more weeks.

The Governor and education leaders are now hoping to resume in-class instruction on Monday, April 20, 2020.

“I am very, very hopeful that our kids are going to be able to go back to school at some point in time, but we’re not there right now,” Gov. Justice said. “We need to give our families proper time to be able to make arrangements.

“April 20th is a Monday, a week after Easter, and it would take spring break into consideration. I’m very hopeful that on April 20th we can go back to school, but we’ll have to see, just like everything we’ve done.”

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EXTENSION OF STATE INCOME TAX FILING DEADLINE REQUESTED
Gov. Justice also announced that he has asked West Virginia Tax Commissioner Dale Steager to extend the West Virginia income tax filing and payment deadline until Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to correspond with the federal government’s recent tax filing extension to the same date.

“We’ve been trying to fit these changes together and make it work,” Gov. Justice said. “​The main driver has to be, first and foremost, the convenience of our people.

“If you’re going to do one filing, we surely don't need to ask you to do two different filings.”

 

PROPERTY TAX INTEREST AND PENALTIES WAIVED THROUGH APRIL
During his address, the Governor also announced that he will be waiving all interest and penalties on property tax filings until Friday, May 1, 2020.

The West Virginia State Tax Department will be posting administrative notice of these changes on their website tomorrow.

 

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