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.
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 are displayed in the pages below with a status of "Approved". Vendors that are still testing 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 (V1.1)||2014 Individual e-File Schema Package (Version 1.1)||11/04/14|
|Individual Guide||2014 Individual e-File Guide||01/2015|
|Individual Tests||2014 Individual e-File Test Package||11/2014|
|Form VA-8453||2014 Individual e-File Declaration for Electronic Filing VA-8453||11/2014|
|Form VA-8879||2014 Individual e-File Signature Form VA-8879||11/2014|
|Corporation Income Tax & PTE Tax|
|Corporation & PTE Schema (V1.0)||2014 Corporation & PTE e-File Schema Package (Version 1.0)||11/04/14|
|Corporation & PTE Guide||2014 Corporation & PTE e-File Guide||11/2014|
|Corporation & PTE Tests||2014 Corporation & PTE e-File Test Package||11/25/14|
|Form VA-8453C||2014 Corporate e-File Declaration for Electronic Filing VA-8453C||11/2014|
|Form VA-8879C||2014 Corporate e-File Signature Form VA-8879C||11/2014|
|Form VA-8453P||2014 PTE e-File Declaration for Electronic Filing VA-8453P||11/2014|
|Form VA-8879P||2014 PTE e-File Signature Form VA-8879P||11/2014|
- Early Release Forms - drafts of tax forms (TY2014)
- Guide to Tax Form Changes - overview of tax form and instruction changes (TY2014)
- 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