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e-File Developer Specifications

Overview

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 -
Preliminary (2014)
2014 Individual e-File Schema Package (Preliminary) 09/25/14
Individual Schema (2013) 2013 Individual e-File Schema Package (V2.0) 10/2013
Individual Guide & Tests 2013 Individual e-File Guide & Test Package for Software Developers & Transmitters 10/2013
Form VA-8453 2013 Individual e-File Declaration for Electronic Filing VA-8453 08/2013
Form VA-8879 2013 Individual e-File Signature Form VA-8879 08/2013
Form VA-8879 (Fillable) 2013 Individual e-File Signature Form VA-8879 (Fillable) 08/2013
 Corporation Income Tax & PTE Tax
Corporation & PTE Schema -
Preliminary (2014)
2014 Corporate & PTE e-File Schema Package (Preliminary) 10/09/14
Corporation & PTE Schema (2013) 2013 Corporate & PTE e-File Schema Package (V1.1) 03/2014
Corporation & PTE Schema (2013) 2013 Corporate & PTE e-File Schema Package (V1.0) 10/2013
Corporation & PTE Guide - Tests    2013 Corporate & PTE e-File Guide & Test Package for Software Developers & Transmitters    10/2013
Form VA-8453C 2013 Corporate e-File Declaration for Electronic Filing VA-8453C 10/2013
Form VA-8879C 2013 Corporate e-File Signature Form VA-8879C 10/2013
Form VA-8879C (Fillable) 2013 Corporate e-File Signature Form VA-8879C (Fillable) 10/2013
Form VA-8453P 2013 PTE e-File Declaration for Electronic Filing VA-8453P 12/2013
Form VA-8453P (Fillable) 2013 PTE e-File Declaration for Electronic Filing VA-8453P (Fillable) 12/2013
Form VA-8879P 2013 PTE e-File Signature Form VA-8879P 12/2013

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