VA Tax News

  • 15 Jun 2015 1:06 PM | Anonymous

    Please Take our Survey 

    The Virginia Department of Taxation is gathering information to develop a new strategic plan, and we could use your help.  

    We want to create a new plan for the future with you, the individual taxpayer, in mind. We want to know what you think our strengths are, any concerns you may have in working with us, and how we can improve. Do you use our website, including our self-service functions, and do you file your income tax returns electronically? The survey is anonymous and available for a short time only.  

    So, if could spare a few minutes, please take this short  survey and tell us how we're doing.

    Thank you for your time. 

  • 12 Jun 2015 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    Legislative Summary Released

    The 2015 Legislative Summary has been released.  The full text of the Legislative Summary can be found on the Department's website in the "Facts and Figures" section or by clicking here 

    The Legislative Summary is published by the Department of Taxation as a convenient reference guide to state and local tax legislation enacted by the 2015 Session of the General Assembly, including the reconvened session on April 15 and 17, 2015.  Please note that any legislation enacted after this date is not included.  The Summary includes a general description of enacted legislation affecting:

    • State taxes administered by the Department, and
    • Local taxes for which the Department assists with administration or on which the Department renders advisory assistance.

    References to chapter numbers are to the corresponding chapters in the Acts of Assembly, which may be viewed at:  Effective dates of the legislation vary and are set out in each description. 

    In general, legislation affecting taxes administered by other state agencies is not included in the Summary. 

    The Summary is intended to provide a synopsis of enacted legislation and is for informational purposes only.  The Summary is not a substitute for the actual state law, local ordinances, or tax related regulations.  

    To view the full text of the Legislative Summary, click here. 

    If you have additional questions, please visit the Department's website at, or contact the Department at (804) 367-8031 for individual income tax questions or (804) 367-8037 for business income tax questions.

  • 11 Feb 2015 12:23 PM | Anonymous
    Educational Improvement Scholarships Tax Credit

    For taxable years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014, an income tax credit may be claimed for monetary or marketable securities donations made to scholarship foundations included on an approved list published by the Virginia Department of Education. The credit is equal to 65 percent of the monetary or marketable securities donation made to the scholarship foundation. Tax credits will be awarded to taxpayers on a first-come, first-served basis. For information on how to qualify, contact the Virginia Department of Education.

    Taxpayers can claim credits earned during both 2013 and 2014 on the 2014 tax return. In the following years, taxpayers will only be able to claim the credit for the current year. For more information about this credit, see the Tax Department's 2013 Legislative Summary.

    Research & Development Expenses Tax Credit

    Effective for taxable years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014, the tax credit amounts are increased to 15 percent of the first $234,000 in Virginia qualified research and development expenses, or 20 percent of the first $234,000 of Virginia qualified research and development expenses if the research was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia public or private college or university, to the extent the expenses exceed a base amount. Pass-through entities now have the election to claim the credit at entity level, rather than allocating the credit to the entity owners. Effective for fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2014, the annual cap has been increased to $6 million. Additionally, the credit sunset date was extended to Dec. 31, 2018.

  • 11 Feb 2015 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    Beginning with taxable year 2014, Virginia allows a subtraction for gains from home buyer savings accounts that were taxed for federal purposes. An individual may designate one or more accounts at a financial institution as a first-time home buyer savings account. Distributions from an account must be used for the sole purpose of paying or reimbursing the down payment and allowable closing costs for the purchase of a single-family residence in Virginia by a qualified beneficiary. 


    More information on subtraction and addition requirements related to home buyer savings accounts is available in your form instructions.   

  • 11 Feb 2015 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    Did you receive a refund from a return claiming itemized deductions filed in 2014? Or were you paid refund interest on a Virginia income tax refund issued during 2014? If so, you can access your Form 1099G/1099INT by visiting our webpage

    Did you receive a refund from a return claiming itemized deductions filed in 2014? Or were you paid refund interest on a Virginia income tax refund issued during 2014? If so, you can access your Form 1099G/1099INT by visiting our webpage

    Did you receive a refund from a return claiming itemized deductions filed in 2014? Or were you paid refund interest on a Virginia income tax refund issued during 2014? If so, you can access your Form 1099G/1099INT by visiting our webpage

  • 11 Feb 2015 12:20 PM | Anonymous
    • A new Schedule VAC was created to allow taxpayers to contribute all or part of their income tax refunds to one or more of their Virginia529SM accounts. Virginia529SM is a college savings plan that offers tax-advantaged savings for qualified higher education expenses. Programs include Virginia529 prePAIDSM, Virginia529 inVESTSM, CollegeAmerica┬«, and CollegeWealth┬«. Other Voluntary Contributions, which were previously reported on the Schedule ADJ, have been moved to the Schedule VAC

    • The field for political contribution credit has been moved from the Schedule CR to the tax return.

    • Did you purchase merchandise by Internet, telephone or mail, or outside Virginia without being charged sales tax? If so, you may owe Consumer's Use Tax on those purchases. Use the new Consumer's Use Tax line in the return to report any amount you may owe. 
  • 30 Jan 2015 8:47 AM | Anonymous

    Employers must electronically file all 2014 annual withholding tax reconciliations and pay any amounts due by Feb. 2, 2015. This includes Form VA-6 or Form VA-6H and any required wage statements, such as Form W-2 or Form 1099. 

    Annual withholding tax reconciliation returns are now due on Jan. 31 instead of Feb. 28. However, because Jan. 31, 2015 is a Saturday, taxpayers will have until Monday Feb. 2, 2015 to file and pay their annual 2014 withholding tax reconciliation.

    Don't wait to file! Returns received after the new due date will be considered late. If you need help choosing an electronic filing or payment option that works best for you, visit the Virginia Department of Taxation's Withholding Tax FAQ page.

  • 26 Jan 2015 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    The Virginia Department of Taxation began accepting 2014 state individual income tax returns on Tuesday, Jan. 20, the same day as the Internal Revenue Service. 


    This e-Alert contains filing tips and other information designed to help taxpayers prepare their individual income tax returns. If you are a tax preparer, you may wish to keep this information in mind when assisting your clients. 

  • 18 Dec 2014 2:36 PM | Anonymous

    The Virginia Department of Taxation recently announced a new electronic filing requirement for pass-through entities (PTEs) required to file Form 502 (Pass-through Entity Return of Income and Return of Nonresident Withholding Tax). The requirement goes into effect Jan.1, 2015 and applies to all PTE returns and payments for taxable year 2014 and later.


    Please note: The eFile requirement applies to all PTEs required to file Form 502, regardless of whether they owe a balance of tax with their returns.


    To help taxpayers file returns and make payments electronically, the department now offers several new PTE eForms on its website:

    • eForm 502EZ (Short Return of Income and Return of Nonresident Withholding Tax): A return for eligible taxpayers to file Form 502 and required VK-1 (Owner's Share of Income and Virginia Modifications and Credits) statements. Taxpayers may also make a return payment if they compute an amount due with their return.
    • eForm 502W (PTE Withholding Payment): An eForm voucher for PTE taxpayers who need to make an extension payment towards the withholding due for nonresident owners of the PTE.
    • eForm 502V (PTE Payment Voucher): An eForm voucher for taxpayers who have filed Form 502 and need to make a return payment. 

    All eForm options are free, available 24/7 and do not require registration or login credentials.

    PTEs may also file and make return payments electronically using commercial eFile software. Check out a description of commercial eFile software, a list of approved software products, information about making payments by direct debit, and more at the PTE eFile page.

    PTEs that are unable to file and pay electronically should request a waiver. For additional questions or assistance, please call Customer Services at (804) 367-8037, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • 08 Dec 2014 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    Pass-through entity returns (Form 502) are due on or before Dec. 15, 2014 from:

    • Fiscal year filers whose taxable year ends on Aug. 31, 2014.
    • Fiscal year filers whose taxable year ends on Feb. 28, 2014 and who are filing under Virginia's automatic six-month extension.

    Virginia Automatic Extension Reminder: Virginia law provides for an automatic six-month extension from the original due date for filing. To take advantage of the automatic extension, the return must be filed on or before the end of the extension period. Please note: The automatic extension does not allow for additional time to pay any balance of tax due. Penalty and/or interest may apply to returns with a tentative tax due that was not paid by the original due date for filing the return. Also, the extension penalty may apply to returns that were filed during the extension period if less than 90 percent of the return's total tax liability was paid by the original due date. 


    For details regarding pass-through entity filing extensions and penalties visit the Department of Taxation's Pass-through Entity web page


    Remember: It's very important that the Department maintains accurate information regarding taxpayer businesses. Many tax account updates can be performed through the Department's Business iFile system. Visit the Online Services FAQ web page for information on what updates taxpayers can make through Business iFile.

┬ę2019, Virginia Society of Tax & Accounting Professionals, formerly The Accountants Society of Virginia, 
is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

8100 Three Chopt Rd. Ste 226 | Richmond, VA 23229 | Phone: (800) 927-2731 |

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software