By TRINA RUPE
Pulaski County Commissioner of the Revenue
The Pulaski County Commissioner of the Revenue Office is offering free state tax preparation again this year for the community.
All you need to do is bring in your already prepared federal tax return to our office and we will prepare your Virginia state tax return for no charge. We will also file your return directly into the tax department’s system, which will make for a very fast refund for the taxpayers.
The tax department once again is requiring that filers either have direct deposit into their checking or savings account or receive a debit card. No paper checks will be issued again this year unless you are a first-time filer or have a debt set-off filed against you.
We are seeing a turnaround time of about five days unless there is a debt set-off against your account so that you do not receive your full refund.
There have been rumors that we are charging to prepare state taxes this year and that we also are not filling out returns this year due to problems we had last year. None of this is true. We are preparing and processing tax returns.
If you go to a tax preparer to get your federal return prepared, you have the option to come to us to prepare your state return for free. The tax preparers charge to prepare your state return, in addition to the amount charged to prepare your federal return.
All we ask, is that you bring a copy of your prepared federal return with you when you come to the office.
Also, we have received a limited number of both federal and state tax forms in the office for those who wish to prepare their own return.
Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for holidays. We will be able to help you during this time period. We do not close for lunch.