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Expect slower VA tax refunds for 2008

The Virginia Department of Taxation in Richmond has released a statement that for the 2008 tax filing period, paper returns are being processed at a slower pace this year compared to the past years.
To reduce costs and use fewer
To reduce costs and use fewer budget dollars more wisely, the department hired fewer seasonal workers for the labor-intensive task of opening, sorting and processing paper returns. This is expected to save the state $75,000 this year and $150,000 during the 2010 filing season.
Tax returns coming into our office this year are down significantly due to people filing online and having their refunds direct deposited.
The returns that are mailed to the Commissioner’s office are keyed directly into the department in Richmond and if you select direct deposit, you should have your refund within 2 weeks. If you want a check, it could take up to 8 weeks or longer for your returns to be worked and a check issued.
First time filers are also seeing a delay, since these returns have to be sent to Richmond from our office and the new accounts have to be set up before a refund can be issued.
For the 2010 filing season, the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office will participate in the iFile program though the Department of Taxation. This will be a free filing service to the citizens of Pulaski County who come into the office to get their State Taxes filled out by the staff to help speed up their refunds.
If you choose direct deposit, this would give you a refund in 3-5 days.

Expect slower VA tax refunds for 2008

The Virginia Department of Taxation in Richmond has released a statement that for the 2008 tax filing period, paper returns are being processed at a slower pace this year compared to the past years.
To reduce costs and use fewer
To reduce costs and use fewer budget dollars more wisely, the department hired fewer seasonal workers for the labor-intensive task of opening, sorting and processing paper returns. This is expected to save the state $75,000 this year and $150,000 during the 2010 filing season.
Tax returns coming into our office this year are down significantly due to people filing online and having their refunds direct deposited.
The returns that are mailed to the Commissioner’s office are keyed directly into the department in Richmond and if you select direct deposit, you should have your refund within 2 weeks. If you want a check, it could take up to 8 weeks or longer for your returns to be worked and a check issued.
First time filers are also seeing a delay, since these returns have to be sent to Richmond from our office and the new accounts have to be set up before a refund can be issued.
For the 2010 filing season, the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office will participate in the iFile program though the Department of Taxation. This will be a free filing service to the citizens of Pulaski County who come into the office to get their State Taxes filled out by the staff to help speed up their refunds.
If you choose direct deposit, this would give you a refund in 3-5 days.