Skip to main content

Smart Savers Blog

Your Tax Refund Can Equal College Savings


Expecting a state tax refund this year? Consider transforming your tax refund into a contribution toward your Virginia529 account.

Experts say an upfront lump sum contribution to a 529 plan savings account may benefit from potential market gains over the long term. 

Virginia taxpayers can direct all or part of a Virginia income tax refund directly into one or more Virginia529 accounts. Use Schedule VAC (pdf), available from the Virginia Department of Taxation to direct a contribution.

If you’re contributing to a Prepaid529 or Invest529 account, you will need the account number and beneficiary’s last name. For CollegeAmerica accounts, contact your financial advisor for the required information.

Are you contributing all or part of your federal refund or a refund from another state? You’ll need to first  deposit the refund to your bank account, then just send a contribution to Virginia529 using a check or electronic transfer.


Open an Account Schedule VAC

Resources to help you learn

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most common questions about 529 plans.

Smart Savers Academy

Tune in to a live episode and ask questions of the presenter, or watch a previously recorded webinar below.

Invest529 Portfolio Performance

Review and compare historical returns of Invest529 portfolios.