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W.Va. taxpayers embrace online filing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia taxpayers are embracing electronic filing to submit their income tax returns.

West Virginia Tax Department spokesman Danny Forinash says nearly 80 percent of the state returns filed so far have been submitted online.

Forinash tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the department had processed about 609,000 returns as of Friday. More than 479,000 were filed electronically.

About 68 percent of the state returns filed in 2011 were submitted online.

Forinash says the increase in electronic filing has made the last-minute rush easier for the Tax Department to handle.This year, Tax Day is April 17. The Internal Revenue Service postponed the deadline because April 15 was a Sunday and April 16 is Emancipation Day, a public holiday observed in Washington, D.C.


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