If federal law requires an employer to withhold tax from any payment, we also require Virginia withholding. As an employer required to file withholding returns, you must register for withholding tax, file income tax withholding returns, and pay the income tax to Virginia Tax.

Employers must file the withholding returns whether or not there is withholding tax owed. The Commonwealth deems the amounts withheld as payment in trust for the employees' tax liabilities.

If your withholding liability is less than $100 per month, your withholding returns and tax payments are due quarterly. Review Quarterly Filers for more information.

If your withholding liability is more than $100 but less than $1,000, your withholding returns and tax payments are due monthly. Review Monthly Filers for more information.

If your withholding liability is $1,000 or more, your withholding returns and tax payments are due semi-weekly. Review Semi-weekly Filers for more information.

Quarterly Filers

If your average tax liability is less than $100 per month, you will be assigned a quarterly filing status. Quarterly returns and payments are due on the last day of the month following the close of each quarter, as shown below. You may file your returns on Form VA-5 using our free online filing services: eFormsBusiness Account or Web Upload.

FOR THE QUARTER ENDING... FILE YOUR RETURN AND PAYMENT BY...
March 31 April 30
June 30 July 31
September 30 October 31
December 31 January 31

 

Quarterly filers must also file Form VA-6, Employer's Annual Summary of Virginia Income Tax Withheld. The VA-6 is due to Virginia Tax by Jan. 31 of the following calendar year, or within 30 days of the final payment of wages by your company. When you file Form VA-6, you must submit each federal Form W-2, W-2G, 1099, or 1099-R that shows Virginia income tax withheld. You must submit Form VA-6 and all W-2 and 1099 forms electronically.

Annual Filing Option for Household Employers (Nanny Tax)

Employers of household service employees may elect to file and pay the Virginia income tax withheld from their employees' salaries on an annual basis, at the same time they submit the employees' Forms W-2 for the year. In order to qualify for the annual filing, the employment must consist exclusively of domestic service in the private home of the employer as defined in the Federal Employment Tax Regulations. Employers may register for this filing option online, or by using Form R-1H.

Monthly Filers

If your average tax liability is more than $100, but less than $1,000 per month, you will be assigned a monthly filing status. You must file your returns on Form VA-5 using our free online filing services: eFormsBusiness Account or Web Upload. The VA-5 is due on the 25th of each month (for example, the return for January is due February 25).

Monthly filers must also file Form VA-6, Employer's Annual Summary of Virginia Income Tax Withheld. The VA-6 is due to Virginia Tax by Jan. 31 of the following calendar year, or within 30 days after the last payment of wages by your company. When you file Form VA-6, you must submit each federal Form W-2, W-2G, 1099, or 1099-R that shows Virginia income tax withheld. You must submit Form VA-6 and all W-2 and 1099 forms electronically.

Semi-Weekly Filers

If your average tax liability is more than $1,000 per month, you will be assigned a semi-weekly filing status. Your payments will be due within 3 banking days if the amount of Virginia income tax withheld exceeds $500 on any federal cutoff date for semi-weekly withholding. Federal cutoff dates are generally on Tuesday and Friday of each week, as shown in the table below. You must submit your payments electronically. Certain employers may request a waiver from the Virginia semi-weekly filing requirement. To request this waiver, the employer must have no more than 5 employees subject to Virginia income tax withholding. See Tax Bulletin 15-3 for more information.

IF YOUR LIABILITY EXCEEDS $500 FOR A PAYDAY THAT FALLS ON... MAKE YOUR SEMI-WEEKLY PAYMENT NO LATER THAN THE FOLLOWING...
Wednesday, Thursday or Friday Wednesday
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday Friday

 

Semi-weekly filers must file Form VA-16, Employer's Payments Quarterly Reconciliation and Return of Virginia Income Tax Withheld, for each quarter. The VA-16 must be filed electronically and is due by the end of the month following the close of the quarter:

FOR THE QUARTER ENDING... FILE YOUR RETURN AND PAYMENT BY...
March 31 April 30
June 30 July 31
September 30 October 31
December 31 January 31

 

Semi-weekly filers must also file Form VA-6, Employer's Annual Summary of Virginia Income Tax Withheld. The VA-6 is due to Virginia Tax by Jan. 31 of the following calendar year, or within 30 days after the last payment of wages by your company. When you file Form VA-6, you must submit each federal Form W-2, W-2G, 1099, or 1099-R that shows Virginia income tax withheld. You must submit Form VA-6 and all W-2 and 1099 forms electronically.

Employer's Annual or Final Summary of Virginia Income Tax Withheld

All filers must file Form VA-6,Employer's Annual Summary of Virginia Income Tax Withheld or Form VA-6H, Household Employer's Annual Summary of Virginia Income Tax Withheld. The VA-6 and VA-6H are due to Virginia Tax by Jan. 31 of the following calendar year, or within 30 days after the final payment of wages by your company. You may file your VA-6 or VA-6H using one of our online services.

When you file Form VA-6, you must submit each federal Form W-2, W-2G, 1099, or 1099-R that shows Virginia income tax withheld. You must submit these forms electronically.

Every withholding tax filer is required to file all withholding tax returns and payments electronically. Employers can meet these electronic filing and paying requirements without purchasing tax filing software. We offer several online services at no cost:

  • eForms is a free online service that allows you to file and pay tax returns by debit electronic funds transfer (EFT) and file W-2 statements. No separate signup is required. eForms also allows you to save your information and reuse it with each filing.
  • Your business account is a free online service that allows you to file returns and make payments by debit EFT. Once enrolled, you enter your tax information and bank information and schedule the date of the payment.
  • Web Upload is a free online service that allows you to file returns and W-2 wage statements and make payments by debit EFT. Web Upload is "file driven" with the ability to save all return and payment information into a single file layout to submit to Virginia Tax. The system supports Excel, fixed-width (column based), and delimited files. Once you sign up for Web Upload, you create your file layout and submit your return, payment, and bank information.
  • ACH Credit is used to make electronic payments directly into the state's bank account. You must contact your financial institution and make arrangements to credit the state's bank account with funds from your bank account. Your financial institution will advise you of ACH origination services offered and any associated costs.

You are required to file W-2 statements and 1099 statements with Virginia Tax when those statements reflect Virginia income tax withheld.

  • The due date for submitting W-2s and 1099s is Jan. 31.
  • Employers must submit the W-2s and 1099s electronically.

We offer 2 free and secure options to submit W-2, 1099-R, and 1099-MISC data. Review the following to determine what option best fits your needs:

  • Web Upload Overview - uses files, multiple types accepted, often created using software
  • eForms Overview - fillable electronic forms, no files/signup required, best for companies with a small number of employees or payees

Important Notes:

  • Each method of submitting the info requires authentication as described in the guides below.
  • PDFs, image files, and magnetic media (CDs/diskettes) are not accepted.
  • The Annual/Final Withholding Summary (Form VA-6 / Form VA-6H) is separate from W-2/1099 data. You are required to send both.

Web Upload 

Web Upload is a free and secure file-based system. This means that the W-2 forms and the 1099 data you submit must be on a file that matches the set formats and layouts, whether a text file or a spreadsheet. 

The Web Upload W-2/1099 Guide explains:

  • How to use Web Upload to file your W-2 and 1099 data
  • How Authentication works - New - Beginning November 2016
  • Which type of file to use
  • How to format each type of file

If you need additional information or assistance, please send an email to: WebUpload@tax.virginia.gov.

eForms 

Virginia's eForms system is a free and secure system based on fillable electronic forms. This means you enter your information into the eForm and send it to us electronically. The eForms system allows you to file directly from your web browser without creating or logging into an account. 

The eForms W-2/1099 Guide explains:

  • How to use eForms to file your W-2 and 1099 data
  • How Authentication works via the Business iFile and eForms systems
  • How to save and/or print a summary of your submitted data as an Adobe PDF

If you need additional information or assistance, please Contact Us.

1099 Combined Fed/State Filing Program

As of 2016, Virginia Tax is no longer participating in the Combined Federal/State Filing Program (CF/SF), and you must submit your Virginia tax withholding records directly to us by Jan. 31 each year. For your 1099-R and/or 1099-MISC data, use the Web Upload or eForms system to file electronically. All other 1099 data should be submitted to us on paper.

Failure to file your withholding information by the due date may cause significant delays in processing a number of your employees' and retirees' tax returns as we will need to verify their identity and return information.

If electronic filing causes undue hardship

You may request a temporary waiver by submitting an Electronic Filing Waiver Request, citing your specific hardship. All waivers are temporary and must be renewed annually. 

Waivers:

Overview

Employers of certain household employees have the option of reporting and paying the Virginia income tax withheld from those employees on an annual basis. For the employer to qualify, the employment must consist exclusively of domestic service in the private home of the employer, as defined in the Federal Employment Tax Regulations.

The annual filing provision is a filing option for qualified employers; it does not establish a new requirement for withholding. Unlike the federal "nanny tax," the Virginia household employer's withholding tax is filed on a separate return, and is not included in the employer's personal income tax filing. If you choose to register for this annual filing option, you will be required to file Form VA-6H, the Virginia Household Employer's Annual Summary of Income Tax Withheld, by Jan. 31 each year to report and pay the Virginia income tax withheld for the preceding calendar year. You must file Form VA-6H online.

Basic Instructions for Household Employers

Complete instructions for withholding Virginia income tax from wages, salaries, and other payments are contained in the Virginia Employer Withholding Instructions. Information on corresponding federal requirements is available from the Internal Revenue Service, and unemployment tax information, including an annual filing option, is provided by the Virginia Employment Commission.

Before you begin, make sure you are actually liable to withhold Virginia income tax from the wages of your household employee(s). If the wages are not subject to federal withholding, they are not subject to Virginia withholding.

To register for a household employer's withholding tax account, complete Form R-1H, or register online. If you are already filing for a domestic employee under a regular quarterly or monthly withholding tax account, be sure to close that account when you register for your new household employer's account, and request that any payments made for the current year be transferred to the new account. For assistance, contact us at 804.367.8037.

To compute the withholding tax, use the Virginia Employer Withholding Tables. To file W-2 information and pay the tax due, file Form VA-6H online. Form VA-6H must be filed by Jan. 31 each year, with copies of each W-2 issued to a household employee during the previous calendar year and payment for the tax due. Once you register for a household employer's withholding tax account, you must file a Form VA-6H for each year that you keep the account open, even if you have no tax to report. Failure to file as required could result in penalties of up to 30% of the tax due.

Frequently Asked Questions

Qualified Employers and Employees

What is a household employer? What does it mean to have household employer status?

A household employer is an individual who employs 1 or more people solely for the purpose of domestic service in the home of the employer. For Virginia purposes, "household employer status" means that you meet this requirement and have registered for a Virginia household employer's withholding tax account. This registration allows you to file your withholding tax on an annual basis, rather than using the quarterly or monthly filing status required for most other employers.

How do I know if an employee qualifies as a household employee?

The employee must be classified as an employee performing domestic service under federal definitions. This category includes employees such as nannies, babysitters, housekeepers, gardeners, elder-care workers, in-home nursing care providers, and others who provide domestic services. For details, refer to the Federal Employment Tax Regulations, which are available at www.irs.gov.

If I have a household employee and other business employees, can I include tax for all of them on my annual Virginia Household Employer's return?

No. You must report information on non-household employees under a separate withholding tax account for your business.

I have a small business that I run from my home with only 1 or 2 employees. Can I sign up for household employer status?

No. The household employer annual filing option is available only to employers whose employees provide domestic service in the home. You should register for an employer withholding tax account to report the taxes for your business employees.

Who Should Register

Federal law allows me to file my "nanny tax" on an annual basis, and I would like to do that for Virginia. Should I register for a household employer's withholding account?

As long as you meet the federal requirements, you may register as a household employer for Virginia purposes. Keep in mind, however, that the reporting and payment is done on a separate return, Form VA-6H.

I just hired a nanny. Do I have to register for a household employer's withholding tax account?

Not necessarily. As described under Basic Instructions for Household Employers, you need to determine whether you are required to withhold Virginia income tax from your employee's wages. If withholding is required, you may register for a household employer's account, which allows you to file annually, or you may register for an employer withholding tax account, which will require quarterly filing.

I have a gardener who has always handled his own taxes, because the wage amounts are too low for withholding to be required. Do I need to sign up for a household employer's account?

No. You don't need to register for an account unless you are actually required to withhold Virginia income tax from your employee's wages.

I already file withholding taxes for my household employees on a quarterly basis, and I prefer to keep my books that way. Am I required to register for a household employer's account?

No. The household employer status offers an annual filing option for qualifying employers. You may continue to file on a quarterly basis under your existing account.

Filing and Payment

How do I file and pay the tax due for my household employees?

You may file Form VA-6H online to report the tax due and remit your tax payment, as well as copies of the W-2s for your employees.

When are the return and payment due?

Form VA-6H must be filed online by Jan. 31 of each year, along with payment for the tax due and copies of any W-2s issued to your household employees for the preceding year.

Can I report and pay the tax due with my individual income tax return?

No. You must make a separate filing on Form VA-6-H or online by Jan. 31.

I registered for a household employer withholding tax account, but I didn't have any employees this year. Do I still need to file a return?

Yes. You will still need to file your annual return, Form VA-6H, by Jan. 31. If you don't anticipate hiring household employees in the future, you should request that your account be closed. Otherwise, you will need to file annual returns as long as the account remains open.

What should I do if I stop having employees during the year?

You will still need to file your annual return, Form VA-6H, by Jan. 31 of the following year, along with copies of the W-2s issued to your employees. If you don't anticipate hiring household employees in the future, you should request that your account be closed. Otherwise, you will need to file annual returns as long as the account remains open.

What will happen if I file Form VA-6H or pay the tax due after Jan. 31?

Late filing or late payment of the tax may result in the assessment of penalties and interest. The minimum penalty is $10, and the maximum penalty is 30% of the tax due. Interest accrues on the tax due until the tax is paid.

Can payroll service providers file the annual returns (Form VA-6H) for household employers?

Yes. The service providers need to be sure to reference the proper account number, particularly the suffix. Although many accounts will carry a suffix of F001, this will not always be the case. For example, if you have accounts for both business and household employees, or if you switched to the annual filing status from a previously existing quarterly account, your household employer account may carry a suffix of F002, F003, etc. It is important to use the correct suffix to make sure that payments are applied correctly. To avoid errors, check both the name and the account number of the return being submitted. For faster processing, the provider may wish to use our Web Upload service.