Tax refunds on the way to many Virginians

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(Southside Daily file/Courtesy of Pixabay)

The state of Virginia is in the process of mailing out special tax refunds lawmakers approved this year.

The Department of Treasury began mailing the almost 2.7 million checks Sept. 16 and expects to finish by Oct. 15. Eligible taxpayers will receive $110 if they filed individually and $220 if they filed jointly.

A change in federal tax law led to a windfall in state taxes, leading state lawmakers to approve the refunds.

An online primer about how the state determines eligibility is available.

The Department of Taxation will withhold all or part of the refund for anyone who has an outstanding state tax balance.

The department will also withhold refunds to pay debts to local governments, courts, state agencies or the Internal Revenue Service.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.