e-File Developer Specifications
The Virginia Department of Taxation (the Department) designed this page to provide technical requirements, schema details, business rules and testing scenarios used in the development of e-File software.
The e-File software supports the electronic filing of Individual Income Tax, Corporation Income Tax and Pass-through Entity (PTE) tax return/schedule data to the Department via the IRS Fed/State electronic filing system. Any software developed to support this data goes through the Department's testing and approval process. The status of that process is provided on the "Approved e-File Software" pages.
Software Partner Agreement
Every tax year the Virginia Department of Taxation requires all software vendors to complete and submit the applicable Software Partner Agreement(s). Details for this requirement are provided in the agreement documents below.
- Virginia Electronic Filing Software Partner Agreement - Tax Year 2016
- Virginia Substitute Forms Software Partner Agreement - Tax Year 2016
Approved e-File Software
The Department does not promote or endorse any particular e-File product. Approval by the Department only means that the vendor has met established software specifications.
Software vendors that have been approved via the e-File testing practices will be displayed in each of the following pages with a status of "Approved". Vendors that are still testing will display a status of "Pending".
e-File Documents & Specifications
Specifications for e-File forms are provided in the Schema Package, while the Guide / Test Package provides the details for business rules, transmission requirements and e-File testing purposes. Additional e-File declaration and signature forms are also provided for software developers/vendors' convenience.
|Document||Document Description||Revision Date|
|Individual Income Tax|
|Individual Schema||See the "Software Partner Agreement" section for details.||- -|
|Individual Guide||2015 Individual e-File Guide and Specifications||10/2015|
|Individual Tests||2015 Individual e-File Test Package||11/2015|
|Form VA-8453||2015 Individual e-File Declaration for Electronic Filing VA-8453||04/2016|
|Form VA-8879||2015 Individual e-File Signature Form VA-8879||04/2016|
|Corporation Income Tax & PTE Tax|
|Corporation & PTE Schema||See the "Software Partner Agreement" section for details.||- -|
|Corporation & PTE Guide||2015 Corporation & PTE e-File Guide and Specifications||10/2015|
|Corporation & PTE Tests||2015 Corporation & PTE e-File Test Package||10/2015|
|Form VA-8453C||2015 Corporate e-File Declaration for Electronic Filing VA-8453C||10/2015|
|Form VA-8879C||2015 Corporate e-File Signature Form VA-8879C||10/2015|
|Form VA-8453P||2015 PTE e-File Declaration for Electronic Filing VA-8453P||10/2015|
|Form VA-8879P||2015 PTE e-File Signature Form VA-8879P||10/2015|
- Early Release Forms - drafts of tax forms
- e-Alerts Service - legislative changes, filing reminders and other related tax information
- Web Forms - all forms supported by the Tax Department
- Substitute Forms - specs for all Individual, Corporation and Pass-Through Entity substitute forms
- Return to Tax Professionals page