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Tax Year 2015 Valid XML, Schemas and Business Rules for Form 8849 Modernized e-File (MeF)

The following links provide information and technical guidance for Software Developers and Transmitters who are interested in developing software for the Modernized e-File (MeF) Form 8849 for Tax Year (TY) 2015. Included are the XML Schemas, Business Rules, Release Memorandum and specific instructions.

Developers and other Authorized IRS e-file Providers can find information on e-filing returns through MeF in the
Publication 4163 and Publication 4164.  Test Scenarios for Tax Year 2015 for Form 8849 will be published on the Modernized e-File (MeF) Assurance Testing System (ATS) Updates page located on on a later date.

XML Schemas, Business Rules and Release 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 (ATS) and Production.

We have created a page to provide additional information relating to the XML standardization effort. This site includes the XML Workbooks and additional helpful items to assist in the transition process.  For more information on the XML standardization effort see the Modernized e-File MeF XML Standardization page.


Tax Year 2015 Documents


Tax Year 2015 Valid XML Schemas and Business Rules for Form 8849 Modernized e-File (MeF)



ATS Date

Production Date

XML Documents





Release Memo
Business Rules
Business Rule Change Page (09/08/2015)
Business Rule Change Page (01/04/16)





Release Memo
Business Rules
Addendum Business Rules (12/29/2014)
Addendum Business Rules (09222015)


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