According to recent updates in West Virginia, Upshur County officials have adjusted the formerly established workaround for obtaining rebates on personal property taxes.

Previously, individuals seeking the vehicle credit outlined in House Bill 2526 were required to make a partial payment of half their personal property taxes by October 1, with the remaining half due in 2024. Adherence to this schedule resulted in the forfeiture of eligibility for the credit. However, during a session in Buckhannon on Wednesday, Dustin Zickefoose, the Upshur County Assessor, explained that due to modifications in the State Legislature during a recent special session, the second half of the 2023 rebate credit is now accessible to anyone, even those who choose to pay their personal property taxes in full.

The rebates are set to be disbursed as part of the 2024/2025 tax incomes. Individuals without income tax obligations or the requirement to file taxes can submit a rebate claim in early 2025. Updates on information and necessary forms can be found on the website as they become available.

“This serves as a method to reimburse some of your personal property taxes. While the administration will occur through state-level income taxes, on the local level, we’re making efforts to inform individuals who come in for payments and assessments that there’s a potential for receiving this money back. It offers some assistance and returns funds to their pockets,” Zickefoose stated.

As of 5 p.m. on August 8, Governor Jim Justice’s signature was still pending to enact this change.