MeF 990 Form Family Release Memo July 23, 2019


MeF Exempt Organization Stakeholders:

We are providing additional eXtensible Mark-up Language (XML) Schemas and Business Rules for the following forms for Tax Year 2019 (Processing Year 2020).

Tax Year 2019 Schema Versions:

  • Form 990x (990, 990-EZ, 990-PF): TY2019v2.0
  • Form 1120-POL: TY2019v2.0
  • Form 990-N: TY2019v1.0
  • Form 8868: TY2019v1.0

990 Family Schemas and Business Rules Distribution 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.

The Schemas and Business Rules versions listed above for Form 990-N and 8868 will be available for use in ATS and Production. However, the versions listed for Form 990x and Form 1120-POL will not be used in ATS and Production. We are currently making updates to the Form 990x and 1120-POL schemas and rules for Processing Year 2020 changes. Updated versions will be released as they become available. 

XML Schemas

The schemas are packaged by form type and version number. "Diff" files are included which identify the difference between the schema version listed above and the previous schema version.

Business Rules

Business Rules are packaged, by form type and version number. Two different formats are provided that contain identical information – Adobe (.pdf) and comma separated file (.csv). A column within the file identifies changes made from the previous version.

Key Changes


  • All forms: Update to efileTypes.xsd file.
  • Form 990x: Form 990 and 990-PF schema changes. Shared form changes.
  • Form 1120POL: Shared form changes.

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

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