MeF 990 Form Family Release Memo September 23, 2016

MeF Exempt Organization Stakeholders:

We are providing additional eXtensible Mark-up Language (XML) Schemas and Business
Rules for the following forms for Tax Year 2016 (Processing Year 2017). 

Tax Year 2016 Schema Versions:

  • Form 990x (990, 990-EZ, 990-PF): TY2016v2.0
  • Form 1120-POL: TY2016v2.0
  • Form 990-N: TY2016v2.0
  • Form 8868: TY2016v2.0

Form 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.

In order to receive the distribution of schema packages you must have an active e-services account and be listed on an e-File application with the provider option of Software Developer. Your role on the e-File Application must be Principal, Responsible Official, or a Delegated User with MeF authorities. If you are a registered user in e-services and are listed on a State e-File application you will receive this distribution.

We encourage you to review your e-File application at this time to verify you have the appropriate role and to verify you have access to your e-services account.

Note: You can access the login page, register for e-services, reset your password, and make changes to your existing account on e-Services Online Tools for Tax Professionals on 

The Schemas and Business Rules versions listed above will be used in ATS. At this time, we anticipate these schema and rules versions will also be used in Production, with the exception of the Form 990x (990, 990-EZ, 990-PF). We are currently making updates to the Form 990x schemas and rules for Processing Year 2017 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: eFileTypes.xsd and eFileAttachments.xsd.

Form 990x: Form 990 Schedule H and shared form changes.

Form 1120-POL: 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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