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Release Memo September 25, 2013

Exempt Organization Software Developers

We have posted updated XML Schemas and Business Rules for the EO forms to IRS.GOV for Tax Years 2013 and 2012 (Processing Year 2014). 

Tax Year 2013 Schema Version 2.0

  • Form 990 family (990, 990EZ, 990PF)
  • Form 990-N 
  • Form 1120-POL 
  • Form 8868

Tax Year 2012 Schema Version 1.4

  • Form 8868

These changes will be operational in ATS on November 4, 2013. 

XML Schemas

The schemas are posted by form type and version number.  "Diff Files" are included that show the changes from the previous schema versions. 

Business Rules

Business Rules are posted, by form type and version number, in two different formats that contain identical information – Adobe (.pdf) and comma separated file (.csv). The rule status column identifies newly added or deleted rules.  

Key Changes


  • Form 990x (990, 990-EZ, 990PF): efileTypes.xsd, 990-EZ, Sch A, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, SpecialEventsSchedule, and shared form changes. 
  • Form 1120POL: GeneralExplanationAttachment and Form 5884B
  • Form 8868: efileTypes.xsd, 8868

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

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