2016 Valid XML Schemas and Business Rules for Form 7004 Modernized e-File (MeF)

The links below provide information and technical guidance for Software Developers and Transmitters who are interested in developing software for the Modernized e-File Form 7004 for Tax Year 2016.

Developers and other Authorized IRS e-file Providers can find information on e-filing returns through MeF in the Publication 4163 and Publication 4164.  Directions for Corporations required to e-file can be found through the e-file for Large and Mid-Size Corporations website. 

General and program specific testing information for use in completing the Assurance Testing System (ATS) process can be found in the Publication 5078, Modernized e-File (MeF) Test Package Business Submission Assurance Testing System. Test scenarios for Form 7004 can be found on the Modernized e-File (MeF) Assurance Testing System (ATS) Updates page on IRS.gov.

XML Schemas, Business Rules and Memo - Throughout the year, multiple versions of these documents may be in use at the same time. Special attention should be paid to the Release Memo issue date and the projected start and end dates for Assurance Testing System and Production.

Form 7004 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. Please note: Form 7004 schemas and Business Rules are posted to IRS.gov with the Corporation schemas, however the 7004 schemas can be used when filing extensions for Partnership and certain Exempt Organization returns.

Tax Year 2016 Documents


       Form 7004 links to TY2016 Release Memos  
Version Available Dates ATS Date Production Date
2016v3.1 12-14-2016 12-29-2016 01-06-2017
2016v3.0 11-10-2016 12-12-2016 01-06-2017


Current Valid XML Schemas and Business Rules for Form 7004

Modernized e-File (MeF) Schemas and Business Rules