Why do I need to write the first four letters of my last name on the front of the Form 760?

The abbreviated last name field will be used to speed the processing of your return.

Why do I need to put a locality code on my return?

Local school funding is allocated based in part on the locality information reported on the Virginia Income Tax returns. The three-digit locality codes can be found on the back cover of the Virginia Individual Income Tax Instructions and on this website at "Where to File".

Why is there a bar code at the top of my return, when I print it from a software program?

This is a scannable code that allows data on your return to be "read" using high-speed optical imaging processors. As the data is read, it enters Virginia Tax's automated processing system.

If my tax preparer signs my return and I fill in the oval, will Virginia Tax be authorized to talk to him/her without a Power of Attorney?

Yes, if the oval is filled in your preparer may contact us to resolve any questions about your return.

How do I assemble my return?

Attach W-2 and 1099 forms with a single staple at the left center of Page 1 of the return. Staple any checks to the left of Page 1, just below the W-2 and 1099 forms. Staple the return along with all other forms and attachments together in the upper left hand corner.

How do I amend my Virginia return if I discover an error?

Complete a new return using the corrected figures, as if it were the original return. Do not make any adjustments to the amended return to show that you received a refund or paid a balance due as the result of the original return. Remember to fill in the oval labeled "Amended Return" on the front of Form 760 under SPECIAL FILING CIRCUMSTANCES.