CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state is in good shape so far when it comes to paying out tax refunds.

There was concern earlier this year that the Tax Department might be short on cash and have to dip into the Rainy Day Fund to get those refunds out on time. However, state Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow said refunds are going out “as normal.”

Coming up with enough money wasn’t easy. Muchow said the state had to take several money-saving measures.

“We’ve been fairly successful so far because we implemented some budget reductions, mainly through the hiring freeze. That’s effectively reduced the amount of outlays and expenditures that the state’s had to make,” explained Muchow.

Tax filings began arriving in late January, early February. Muchow said they’ve already started turning around those refunds and as of Tuesday, the state had shelled out more than $55 million in returns. That’s considered a short turnaround according to Muchow.

“Because we have positive cash flow we’re able to do the refunds. We’re almost at the tail end of February and refunds are going out pretty much the same way as they did last year,” said Muchow.

Because the refunds are flowing smoothly now, Muchow said there’s no reason to believe that won’t continue to be the case throughout the rest of the tax season.

“February is usually the busiest month on the personal income side, although we continue to have significant refund payments in March as well as April and May,” according to the deputy tax secretary.

The average refund for West Virginia residents ranges from $200 to $300.


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  • Andrew

    My taxes was received by the state on February 23rd 2014 its now July 7th and I still have yet to receive my refund check from them.. I have made numerous calls to the state tax dept. to only be told they are working on it, after 5 months their "STILL WORKING ON IT" this is ridiculous!! I wonder if we can start charging them "Late Fees" as Im sure they would try to charge us if our taxes weren't paid on time!

  • Sharon

    Well here it is June 19,2014 and I still have not recieved my state tax refund.I also know of several more who are still waiting also. When I call to inquire as to when I can expect my refund, I am only told that they are still working on it. "Seriously" I mailed my return out on February 10, 2014...12 weeks later I got a letter stating that I needed to fax additional information, which I did...and that was on April 25, 2014...has our state gone broke? What is the problem? Is it going to take longer next year when they have to research each one to see who failed to sign up for Obama Care???

  • I was told it would be 8 week. I filed mar 28

    Taxes filed march 28.still have not. When am I going to get ?.........

  • thankswv

    8 weeks and counting for me.

  • Jim Strickland

    Sorry but this is NOT true. Might have been so early on but not now.i know several people with 7-8 week waits so far with no good explanation. My sister who lost her husband last year and is desperate for hers has been trying to get answers but so far she gets wrong answers and once hung up on. I think 8 weeks is enough time....And I see people starting to complain online. One can only think larger refunds are being held back.

  • Wirerowe

    I was concerned about mind and it may be very uneven in the dispursing of refunds. But mind was sent out in a very timely manner.

    • Wirerowe

      Mine. Old age squiggles. Sorry.

  • CaptainQ

    I'll believe that when I receive mine.

    Traditionally, when the WV state budget has fallen short, tax refunds are held up, sometimes as long as June, so the state has our money longer.

    Sorry, but I trust the government in Charleston as far as I can throw my Jeep Cherokee with one hand, and that's NOT very far.

    I'll accept this article as fact when my refund check arrives, but I'm not holding my breath.