MeF 990 Form Family Release Memo February 17, 2021


MeF Exempt Organization Stakeholders:

We are providing new versions of Tax Year 2020 extensible Mark-up Language (XML) Schemas and Business Rules for the following forms.

Tax Year 2020 Schema Versions:

  • Form 990x (990, 990-EZ, 990-PF): TY2020v4.1
  • Form 990-T: TY2020v1.1
  • Form 1120-POL: TY2020v4.1
  • Form 4720: TY2020v1.0

The Schemas and Business Rules referenced above will be available for use in ATS and Production.

Accessing the Schemas and Business Rules

Distribution of the schemas and business rules is now through the Registered User Portal and your e-services mailbox. This mailbox is part of the Secure Object Repository (SOR). Users will access their mailbox in their existing e-services account to pick up the schema and business rules packages.

Additional Information

We package the XML Schemas by form type and version number. Each package includes "DIFF" files that identify the difference between the schema version listed above and the previous schema version.

We also package the Business Rules by form type and version number. Each package includes two different formats that contain identical information – Adobe (.pdf) and comma separated file (.csv). A column within the file identifies changes made from the previous version.

Key schema changes are listed below:

  • Form 990x (990, 990-EZ, 990-PF), TY2020: Shared form updates.
  • Form 990-T: Shared form updates.
  • Form 1120-POL, TY2020: Shared form updates.
  • Form 4720: New schema for TY2020.

If you have any questions about the Schemas or Business Rules, please send your inquiry to the MeF Mailbox.

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