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Release Memo for Prior Year Changes September 26, 2014

Exempt Organization Software Developers

As notified in the QuickAlert issued June 25, 2014, Prior Year Schemas and Business Rules containing XML standardization changes impacting the manifest are being posted. These changes will be in effect November 2014 for ATS and January 2015 for production.

XML Schemas

The following prior year schema packages containing diff files for efileAttachments.xsd, efileMessageCommon.xsd, and efileMessageIFA.xsd are being posted:

Tax Year 2013 Schema Versions

  • Form 990 family (990, 990EZ, 990PF) -- Version 4.0
  • Form 990-N -- Version 3.0
  • Form 1120-POL – Version 3.0
  • Form 8868 -- Version 3.0

Tax Year 2012 Schema Versions

  • Form 990 family (990, 990EZ, 990PF) -- Version 3.0
  • Form 990-N -- Version 2.0
  • Form 1120-POL -- Version 2.0


Business Rules

Along with the updated schemas, a complete updated rules package for each tax type corresponding to the new schema has been posted. We have also posted a list of only the 16 business rule updates needed for prior years due to changes to eFileAttachment.xsd which impacts the manifest. These rules apply to all supported tax years in processing year 2015. The list of rules identifies each tax type to which the rule applies. 

If you have any questions, please contact Tiwana Holland from the EO e-file team (202) 317-8778.

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