The Landes Letter: March 28, 2016

The Landes Letter

By Delegate R. Steven Landes

March 28, 2016




The 2016 General Assembly session has adjourned sine die and is currently scheduled to reconvene on April 20th. During our reconvene session, we will address Governor McAuliffe’s vetoes and suggested changes to our passed legislation. I wanted to take a moment to share with you a summary of the 2016 session, information on free tax preparation and filing services, and upcoming trainings for veterans and employers from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.


2016 General Assembly Session Highlights


The staff of the Division of Legislative Services has provided 2016 Session Highlights, which summarizes significant legislation considered by the 2016 Session of the General Assembly. The summary may be viewed here and covers legislative actions through sine die on Friday, March 11, 2016. Bills are differentiated as Passed, Failed, or Carried Over. Passed bills are subject to review and veto by the Governor; as a result, some of the bills listed as passed in this volume may be amended and some may not become law.


Tax Filing Day Fast Approaching


With the April 15th tax filing deadline fast approaching, I’d like to take a moment to share with you information on free tax preparation and filing services. Taxpayers making $62,000 or less can visit to prepare and e-file federal tax returns for free. Basic e-filing services are also available to all. I encourage you to visit and take advantage of free tax preparation and e-filing services available through the IRS Free File program. Powered by The Free File Alliance, a coalition of 13 industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the IRS, the Free File program provides free access to the industry’s most innovative and secure tax software. 


Every taxpayer with a 2015 Adjusted Gross Income of $62,000 or less may visit to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost. Free state return options are also available. In addition, Free File provides basic online e-filing services, called Free File Fillable Forms, to all taxpayers regardless of income. Free File can also be used to e-file an extension for free. Free File also helps taxpayers with the new health care requirements. Using Free File, most taxpayers will simply have to check a box to report health care coverage for the entire year.


While most of us dread doing our taxes, the IRS Free File program makes doing your taxes simple, fast and free. While there is a Free File option for everyone, I especially encourage taxpayers making $62,000 or less to take advantage of the comprehensive, step-by-step tax help Free File offers. I am pleased to note that our 2017-2018 Biennium Budget contained no new taxes or fees and I assure you I’ll continue to fight against high taxes and wasteful government spending!


Virginia Values Veterans Program


As the Commonwealth is home to approximately 800,000 retired and active-duty military members and their families, I’d like to share with you the upcoming training schedule for the Virginia Values Veterans V# Program. The V3 Program is part of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services whose mission is to educate and train employers throughout the Commonwealth on the Value of Virginia’s Veterans, and to help employers connect with these personnel assets to maximize the productivity of their workforce. It is committed to assisting employers recruit, hire, train, and retain Veterans. There will be a number of webinars, as well as an employer training day for companies interested in learning why and how to hire Veterans held in Harrisonburg on April 6th. This curriculum is a general survey curriculum designed for a broad range of company sizes and industries. To view the V3 training schedule for March 29th through April 15th, please click here.


We are forever grateful to our veterans for their service. We in the General Assembly remain committed to fight to provide our veterans with the care they deserve, access to affordable education, and good job opportunities.


Contact Us


My Legislative Director, Judy Wyatt, Communications Director, Will Wrobleski, and I are here to serve you. If you need help with a state government agency or issue, we can be reached by phone at 540.255.5335 or by email at Our address is Post Office Box 12, Verona, Virginia 24482.


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Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your Delegate.





Steve Landes

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