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When Are State Tax Returns Due in Virginia?

Virginia is one of several states in which your state income tax return can be filed after April 15.

You probably already know that most Americans have to file their 2018 federal tax return by April 15, 2019 (as we told you earlier). For most states with an income tax (there are nine states with no income tax), the state return is also due on April 15 this year. However, some states give you more time to file — such as Virginia.

States With Tax Deadlines After April 15 in 2019

StateDue Date
DelawareApril 30
HawaiiApril 22
IowaApril 30
LouisianaMay 15
MaineApril 17
MassachusettsApril 17
New MexicoApril 30 (if e-filed)
OklahomaApril 22 (if e-filed)
VirginiaMay 1

Virginia is one of only two states that push the deadline for state income tax returns into May. (Louisiana is the other.) Residents of the Old Dominion have until May 1, 2019, to file their 2018 Form 706.

The Commonwealth allows an automatic six-month filing extension for taxpayers who miss the deadline. No application for the extension is required. However, you must pay at least 90% of your Virginia tax by the May 1 due date to avoid a penalty.

We recommend filing both federal and state returns at the same time if possible. State returns typically "piggyback" off the federal return, so it's usually easier to do them at the same time. There's also a better chance of avoiding discrepancies if you do them together. However, if that's not possible, having some extra time to file your Virginia return can help. It gives you more time to focus on getting your federal return off before the April 15 deadline and then to get your state return just right.

For information about other states with delayed tax filing deadlines, see 9 States Where You Can File Your State Tax Return After April 15.

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