When you’re facing financial hardship, a West Virginia stimulus check may seem like a welcomed source of relief. While there are no new stimulus updates for state residents this year, you can still apply for federal programs like SNAP, Social Security, and healthcare programs.

West Virginia residents can also get some relief through the state’s property tax relief measures and the income tax rate cut. Read on to learn more about what options are available, who qualifies, and how much you can get.

Is There a West Virginia Stimulus Check in 2024?

There are no new stimulus checks for West Virginia residents in 2024. President Biden and Congress have no plans to issue a fourth round of Economic Impact Payments.

The relief measures that were introduced during the coronavirus pandemic through the American Rescue Plan and the CARES Act have long since expired, but you can still claim the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit if you file your federal tax returns before April 15, 2025.

West Virginia Stimulus Check 2024

West Virginia doesn’t have state-level tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), or the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC). However, you can still claim these tax credits at the federal level on your Form 1040.

If you’re a homeowner in West Virginia, you can get some relief through the state’s property tax relief measures. 

"Receiving these property tax credits reduces the amount of money you’ll have to pay to own your home, thereby letting you keep more money in your wallet than you may otherwise have,” says Brad Reichert, founder and managing director of Reichert Asset Management LLC. “In this way, these tax credits act very much like a direct stimulus payment to you, in that there is more money left in your pocket than you’d have without it,” he adds.  

How Do West Virginia Stimulus Checks Work?

Property tax relief measures are different from stimulus programs. However, they can reduce or completely eliminate your property tax if you’re eligible, giving you a break on your expenses.

The state government usually reduces or waives taxes for certain groups, such as veterans, surviving spouses, elderly homeowners, disabled individuals, and low-income residents.

Governor Jim Justice signed a bill on March 7, 2023, reducing the income tax by an average of 21.25% across the board, at every income tax bracket, starting in tax year 2023.

Who Is Eligible for West Virginia’s Stimulus Checks?

To qualify for the state’s Homestead Excess Property Tax Credit (HEPTC), your property taxes for the calendar year 2023 must be over 4% of your income. If you’re required to pay the Federal Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), your adjusted gross income must meet these guidelines to qualify for the credit:

  • 1 person in the household: AGI shouldn’t be more than $43,740
  • 2 people in the household: AGI shouldn’t be more than $59,160
  • 3 people in the household: AGI shouldn’t exceed $74,580
  • 4 people in the household: AGI shouldn’t exceed $90,000
  • Add $15,420 for each additional person.

If you’re not required to pay the Federal Alternative Minimum Tax, your income minus Social Security benefits must meet these income guidelines to qualify for the credit:

  • 1 person in the household: AGI shouldn’t be more than $43,740
  • 2 people in the household: AGI shouldn’t be more than $59,160
  • 3 people in the household: AGI shouldn’t exceed $74,580
  • 4 people in the household: AGI shouldn’t exceed $90,000
  • Add $15,420 for each additional person.

To qualify for the Senior Citizen’s Tax Credit, you must participate in the Homestead Exemption Program and pay your property tax on time. You must also meet these income eligibility requirements:

  • 1 person in the household: Maximum income $21,870
  • 2 people in the household: Maximum income $29,580
  • 3 people in the household: Maximum income $37,290
  • 4 people in the household: Maximum income $45,000
  • Add $7,170 for each additional person.

How Much Do You Receive and When?

The Homestead Excess Property Tax Credit is for owner-occupied residential properties in the state of West Virginia. You can get a credit for any taxes paid over 4% of your income. This is a refundable property tax credit, and the maximum credit amount is $1,000.

The Senior Citizen’s Tax Credit is also a refundable tax credit. The credit amount depends on the home’s value and property taxes paid.

Beginning tax year 2023, West Virginia residents will also pay lower income tax rates. These are the new tax rates for individuals (except married couples filing separately), heads of households, trusts and estates, and individuals filing joint returns:

  • Taxable income of $10,000 or less: 2.36%
  • Taxable income of $10,000 to $25,000: $236 plus 3.15% of any excess over $10,000
  • Taxable income of $25,000 to $40,000: $708.50 plus 3.54% of any excess over $25,000
  • Taxable income of $40,000 to $60,000: $1,239.50 plus 4.72% of any excess over $40,000
  • Taxable income of over $60,000: $2,183.50 plus 5.12% of any excess over $60,000

These are the new tax rates for married couples filing separate returns:

  • Taxable income of $5,000 or less: 2.36%
  • Taxable income of $5,000 to $12,500: $118 plus 3.15% of any excess over $5,000
  • Taxable income of $12,500 to $20,000: $354.25 plus 3.54% of any excess over $12,500
  • Taxable income of $20,000 to $30,000: $619.75 plus 4.72% of any excess over $20,000
  • Taxable income of over $30,000: $1,091.75 plus 5.12% of any excess over $30,000

How To Track the Status of Your West Virginia Stimulus Checks

Once you complete the necessary forms and submit them, you should receive the reimbursement either through direct deposit or paper check.

If you need help with the application or want to track the status of your application, you can visit your local property tax assessor’s office or call the West Virginia Department of Revenue at 300-558-3333 or 1-800-982-8297.

How To Apply for West Virginia’s Stimulus Checks

You must complete the IT-140 West Virginia Personal Income Tax Return and the Schedule HEPTC-1 Form IT-140 to claim the Homestead Excess Property Tax Credit.

To claim the Senior Citizen Tax Credit, you must complete the IT-140 West Virginia Personal Income Tax Return and the SCTC-A form.

Apply for Financial Assistance in West Virginia

There are no new stimulus checks for West Virginia residents this year, but you can get tax relief through the state’s income tax rate cuts and property tax relief programs.

If you’re struggling to pay for necessities like food, housing, or healthcare, we recommend applying for additional resources and assistance programs offered by the federal government, local governments, and local nonprofits. Fill out the questionnaire on the Benefit Finder tool to get a list of benefits you may be eligible for.