(a) Lottery winnings subject to withholding. -- Proceeds of more than $5,000 from any lottery prize awarded by the West Virginia State Lottery Commission is subject to withholding. The commission in making any payment of a lottery prize subject to withholding shall deduct and withhold from the payment a tax in an amount equal to six and one-half percent of the payment.
(b) Statement by recipient. -- Every person who is to receive payment of winnings which are subject to withholding shall furnish the person making the payment a statement made under the penalties of perjury, containing the name, address and taxpayer identification number of the person receiving the payment and each person entitled to any portion of the payment.
(c) Coordination with other sections. -- For the purposes of determining liability for payment of taxes and filing of returns, payments of winnings which are subject to withholding shall be treated as if they were wages paid by an employer to an employee.
(d) Backup withholding. -- Beginning July 1, 2012, every
person who is required to file Internal Revenue Service form W-2G,
and who is subject to backup withholding under federal law, is
subject to West Virginia backup withholding. The payor in making
any payment of a gambling prize subject to backup withholding shall
deduct and withhold from the payment a tax in an amount equal to
six and one-half percent of the payment.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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