New tax legislation conforms Virginia’s tax laws with federal tax laws for tax year 2018, and allows Virginia Tax to begin processing returns for this year. 

What the new law means for this year’s filing season:

  • We are starting to process returns in the order we received them.
  • The Where's My Refund online tool is open and available for you to check on your 2018 return, past return, or refund status 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Due to the large backlog of returns that have already been submitted, you will experience slower turnaround times for refunds compared to past years. 

If you haven’t yet filed, we encourage you to file electronically and request direct deposit if you're due a refund. This is the most secure and efficient way to file and receive your refund. Before filing, we also suggest reading our tips to help reduce the chances that your return is stopped for review

For more information about the new tax law, read Tax Bulletin 19-1.