Some state services still available on day off

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Monday, the last day of 2018, is a state holiday for state workers but some important year-end services through the state Tax Department will be available online.

State Tax Commissioner Dale Steager

In an email exchange with MetroNews, state Tax Commissioner Dale Steager said being closed on Dec. 31 should create a “minimal inconvenience” for those seeking services provided by his office.

“While all regional offices and the West Virginia Revenue Center will be closed that day, and telephones will not be answered that day, we have considerable tax information posted at the Department’s website,” Steager said.

Both business tax returns and individual taxes can be filed Monday through the department’s MyTaxes page on the department’s website. Returns can also be mailed, Steager said.

“Additionally, tax returns and taxes due December 31, 2018 will be filed and/or paid timely if hand delivered on, or postmarked by, January 2, 2019.” he said.

Gov. Jim Justice decided to give all state workers full holidays for both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve since both fell on a Monday this year. What county and municipal governments do on New Year’s Eve is up to those individual governments. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones decided Monday would be a regular work day for Charleston’s 660 municipal workers.

The state Parkways Authority headquarters in Charleston will be open Monday to process applications for the deeply discounted $24 three-year EZpass on the West Virginia Turnpike. Due to the overwhelming public interest in the program, the authority voted last Friday to extend the purchase deadline for the EZpass from the original deadline of the close of business Monday to Jan. 11.

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