7.13.8 EDS Unpostables

Manual Transmittal

April 16, 2021


(1) This transmits revised IRM 7.13.8, Employee Plans Automated Processing Procedures, EDS Unpostables.

Material Changes

(1) Internal Controls have been added. IRM has been amended and renamed, Program, Scope and Objectives. Added sections, IRM, Background; IRM, Authority; IRM; Responsibility; and IRM, Acronyms.

(2) This IRM is updated to meet the requirements of P.L. 111-274 (H.R. 946), the Plain Writing Act of 2010. The Act provides that writing must be clear, concise, well-organized, and follow other best practices appropriate to the subject or field and intended audience.

Effect on Other Documents

This supersedes IRM 7.13.8 dated September 04, 2015.


Tax Exempt and Government Entities
Employee Plans

Effective Date


Eric D. Slack
Director, Employee Plans
Tax Exempt and Government Entities

Program Scope and Objectives

  1. Purpose: This IRM provides instructions to correct unpostable transactions on the Employee Plans/Exempt Organizations Determination System (EDS). Employee Plans (EP)/Exempt Organizations (EO) Determinations Processing Unit employees correct unpostable transactions.

  2. Audience: Employee Plans Determinations staff

  3. Policy Owner: Director, Employee Plans

  4. Program Owner: Employee Plans

  5. Program Goals: The goal of EP Determinations is to ensure that plans comply with the tax laws. We do this by reviewing applications for determination and opinion letters, and to protect the public interest by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness.


  1. We previously used EDS to process determination letter (DL) applications from their establishment in the system to their closing. However, EP now uses the Tax Exempt Determination System (TEDS) as its primary system. While EP uses TEDS for most of its DL application processing, we continue to close and generate DLs in EDS.

  2. EDS is a menu-driven system. You can choose functions from a list of available options. When you select a valid option, it displays an input screen or another submenu. When you complete an option, the higher level menu displays so you may select another option or exit EDS.

  3. EDS unpostables occur when a case is established or closed but the information doesn’t transmit correctly to the Employee Plans/Exempt Organizations Applications Control System (EACS). EACS serves as a conduit to Master File (MF). EACS transmits to MF on a weekly posting cycle.

  4. EP Determinations employees may also encounter unpostable issues when processing determination cases. Employees email open case unpostable issues to *TE/GE-EP/EO Unpostables.

  5. EP Determinations employees who process determination cases generally resolve open case unpostable issues within 48 hours of receiving an email notification. These employees then email the employee who submitted the open case unpostable issues that the issue was resolved.

  6. All required actions in this IRM occur in EDS.

  7. If you have questions about EDS, put in a service request through OS Get Services or contact the Operations Support Customer Assistance Line (Help Desk) at 1-866-743-5748. Ask that your request be assigned to TOPS-EDS.

    • For the first password when inputting the ticket ask for the first password to be reset/unlocked etc. This is not assigned to BU-TE-GE SYS PLANNING (TOPS).

    • If you have issues with the 2nd password in EDS. Put in the ticket: Please assign to BU-TE-GE BUS SYS PLANNING.


  1. IRS’s authority to issue favorable DLs on the qualified status of pension, profit-sharing, stock bonus, annuity, and employee stock ownership plans under IRC 401, IRC 403(a), IRC 409, and IRC 4975(e)(7) and the status for exemption of any related trusts or custodial accounts under IRC 501(a) is delegated to the Director, Employee Plans, and has been re-delegated to the Director, EP Rulings and Agreements. IRM (Delegation Order 7-1a).

  2. Find a complete list of delegation orders and policy statements governing EP Rulings and Agreements at https://www.irs.gov/privacy-disclosure/delegation-orders-and-policy-statements-by-process.


  1. The Director, EP supervises and is responsible for:

    1. EP Rulings and Agreements

    2. EP Examination functions

    3. EP Program Management Staff

  2. The Director, EP Examination, supervises and is responsible for:

    1. EP Examinations

    2. EP Examinations, Area Managers


  1. This table lists acronyms used in this IRM.

    Acronyms Definition of Terms
    DL Determination Letter
    EACS Employee Plans/Exempt Organization Applications Control System
    EC record EACS/Master File record
    EC tables EACS/Master File data tables
    EIN Employee Identification Number
    EDS Employee Plans/Exempt Organizations Determination System
    EM record Employee record
    EO Exempt Organizations
    EP Employee Plans
    EP-DCSC Employee Plans Determination Centralized Site in Cincinnati
    FFN File Folder Number
    IC tables Inventory Control tables
    KD Key District
    KDO Key District Office
    MF Master File
    MIR Management Information Reports
    MIS Management Information System
    OLE format Online Error format
    PCCF Plan Case Control File
    TE/GE Tax Exempt and Government Entities
    TEDS Tax Exempt Determination System
    TOPS TE/GE Business Operational Program Support
    UNP format Unpostable format

EDS Daily Batch Run Overview

  1. EDS openings (establishments) and closings post to EACS through a daily batch run. After we enter cases and approve their closings, the system automatically updates the EDS MF status to mark the completed records "ready" for the batch run.


    A case can be opened and closed in the same day. The MF status (Status 4) instructs the batch to create both an opening transaction and a closing transaction in the same file.

  2. The marked records are processed through the EDS daily batch run by checking the application's opening and closing data using specific validity and consistency checks.

    1. The checks used are the same as those described for each screen item in IRM 7.14.2, Employee Plans EDS User Manual, Data Entry.

    2. If all of the validity checks for the EDS daily batch run pass, the system generates and writes transaction or case records to a separate file.

  3. Unpostables can occur in either the EDS daily batch run (EDS unpostables) or in the EACS run (EACS unpostables). The EDS daily batch run should identify all record errors before the file is transmitted to EACS.


    The EDS daily batch run doesn’t identify issues between the zip code and state or between the EIN and Name Controls (OLE). The EACS run detects these issues.

  4. The EDS batch runs Monday through Friday.

    1. It does not run on weekends and holidays because EACS is unavailable. EDS generates the EACS file around midnight.

    2. If EDS Unpostables are found, the results are returned immediately to each case.

    3. EACS processes the file the next day around 5 p.m. EDS processes the results from EACS before the midnight batch run.

    4. Each case is updated during this process. Weekend and holiday updates are processed with the next regularly scheduled batch run.

Reports Overview

  1. Reports are generated both from the EDS daily batch run and EACS when unpostables occur.

  2. When EDS unpostables are found during the EDS daily batch run, the system updates the case's MF status field with the applicable unpostable error code (see IRM, Master File Codes). The system does NOT send the record to EACS. At the end of the day, the system creates a daily batch report which lists all affected cases and the unpostable error(s) found.

  3. When EDS daily batch run unpostables are found, the:

    1. EDS daily batch report lists the affected cases and the error(s).

    2. System updates the MF status field with the unpostable code.

    3. Unpostables require an EDS correction.

  4. EACS updates are run daily, except weekends and holidays. The run generates a report that lists run controls and any errors.

  5. When the EACS report is available, a program is run against the report to update the MF status with unpostable codes and closings. History records are created for these updates.

Correcting EDS Daily Batch Run Unpostables

  1. To resolve EDS unpostables, review the EDS daily batch run report for a list of unpostable transactions. The report lists the last unpostable code for a case (see Exhibit 7.13.8-1, EDS Batch Run Error Codes). The case history is the only area that lists all the reasons a case did not post.


    When a case unposts on EDS, the MF status in the Query/Update Master File screen updates to the unpostable code (or to the last unpostable code found if more than one error).

  2. Print a report of the outstanding EDS unpostables from the Management Information System (MIS). See IRM 7.14.6, Management Information System (MIS), for instructions.

  3. Find the correct entry for each unpostable error in the case file or on TEDS. You may call the specialist who closed the case if you can't determine the correct entry from the case file or TEDS.

  4. Make correction(s) in the Query/Update Master File Screens (Option 1 of the ICS Main Menu).

    1. For open cases, correct all items using any update option.

    2. For closed cases, correct all items (except status and hours) using any update option. Use Option 5 to correct status and hours.

    3. After making corrections for both open and closed cases, enter a "Y," "B," or "D," in the MF code to resend the record to EACS.


  1. Correct all unpostable errors through the Query/Update Master File Screen except these unpostable errors:

    1. Case Number is invalid (000)

    2. Control Date is invalid (010)

    3. Area Office or Post of Duty Code is invalid (005)

    4. Type Request is invalid (013)

    5. No matching KD record (999)

    6. No matching EC record (998)

    7. Inconsistent Closing Cd and Proposed Closing Cd (055)

    8. Invalid Case Number (Julian Date) (006)

    9. Invalid Form Number (011)

    10. Invalid Form Version Code (012)

    11. Invalid Subsection (017)

    12. Inappropriate Update to Control Date Attempted (023)

    13. Invalid Closing Code (052)

    14. Case Not Approved (053)

    15. Missing Specialist Number (056)

    16. Inconsistent Closing Code and Type Request (166)

    17. Closing Record Missing on PCCF for this Update (986)

    18. Inconsistent KDO Code in FFN, Case Number and District Office Code (992)

    19. No matching EM record (997)


    The above errors shouldn’t occur if the record has been entered through the DTS and the data hasn’t been altered outside of EDS. If they occur, contact TOPS.

  2. If the error listed is "File Folder Number is invalid" (001), correct the unpostable if the error is in the last digit. If the error is the first two digits, contact TOPS.

Master File Codes

  1. MF codes describe where the EDS record is in relation to EACS. The following is a list of the MF codes and their meanings:


    One and two digit MF codes indicate that files were sent without incident (no unpostable error occurred). All four digit MF codes indicate that an unpostable error occurred.

    MF Code Meaning
    0000 Opening record waiting to be sent
    0001 Opening record sent
    0002 Closing record waiting to be sent
    0003 Closing record sent
    0004 Both opening and closing records waiting to be sent
    0010 Not sent (Forms 4461-B, 5310-A and 9999)
    0011 Letter generation record - not sent
    0012 Update MIR data after closing waiting to be sent
    0013 Update MIR data after closing sent
    0014 Closing record bypass EIN check
    0030 Closing record posted to EACS
    2000-2999 EACS unpostable (when both opening and closing records were sent)
    3000-3999 EACS update MIR closing data unpostable
    4000-4999 EACS closing unpostable
    5000-5999 EACS opening unpostable
    6001-6999 EDS unpostables codes for Update MIR data after closing, not sent to EACS
    7001-7999 EDS unpostable codes for Opening records when both opening and closing records were sent, not sent to EACS
    8001-7999 EDS unpostable codes for closing records, not sent to EACS
    9001-9999 EDS unpostable codes for opening records, not sent to EACS

  2. If the validity checks on the EDS Daily Batch Run find an error, a four digit MF Unpostables code appears. The first digit means one of the following:

    First digit of MF Unpostable Code Represents
    2 EACS unpostable when Opening and Closing records were sent simultaneously (or together in the same file)
    3 EACS update MIR data after Closing Record Unpostable
    4 EACS Closing Record Unpostable
    5 EACS Opening Record Unpostable
    6 EDS update MIR data after Closing Record Unpostable
    7 EDS unpostable when Opening and Closing records were sent simultaneously (or together in the same file)
    8 EDS Closing Record Unpostable
    9 EDS Opening Record Unpostable

  3. The last three digits are the unpostable code (see Exhibit 7.13.8-1, EDS Batch Run Error Codes).


    An unpostable code of 9092 indicates the State Code is invalid on an opening record. An unpostable code of 8092 indicates the State Code is invalid on a closing record.

  4. To resend the record to EACS, update the MF code to "Y." The unpostable will:

    Update from MF code To MF code
    2XXX 4
    3XXX 12
    4XXX 2
    5XXX 0 (zero)
    6XXX 12
    7XXX 4
    8XXX 2
    9XXX 0 (zero)

  5. After the batch run is complete the MF Code shows that the record has been sent:

    1. 0 (zero) is updated to 1 after the batch run

    2. 2 is updated to 3 after the batch run

    3. 4 is updated to 3 after the batch run

    4. 12 is updated to 13 after the batch run

EACS Run Unpostables

  1. EDS transaction records are processed through two programs named EDS01 and EDS03:

    1. EDS01 screens the records to see if they were sent to the correct place and determine if there are duplicate case numbers.

    2. EDS03 performs the validity and consistency checks for EP records.

  2. Records that successfully process through the programs are marked to update to EP/BMF based on the weekly posting cycles (usually Fridays).

EACS Run Reports

  1. The EACS run report is generated Monday through Friday. The report lists run controls (total number of records) for number of records:

    • Sent to EACS

    • Added (established), closed and updated (MIR data updated)

    • Unpostable

  2. The run report prints each case number EACS accepted. Accepted cases plus unpostable cases should equal the total records sent.

Message Lines on EACS Run Reports

  1. Run reports include message lines with invalid or inconsistent items. The nightly batch run reads the message lines to update the MF status with the unpostable code.

  2. UNP and OLE lines print in the nightly batch run report in the following formats.



  3. If the nightly batch can't update an EDS record, the batch report prints a message line. Contact TOPS to resolve the record problem. After they fix the record, you can resolve the unpostable.

  4. Unpostable codes 990 and 993 won’t update the MF Code. The quantities of these unpostables are indicated on the nightly batch report.

Run Control Comparisons

  1. After the nightly batch run has been processed, it generates a report listing the unpostables in a more readable format and run control information of the EDS database updates.

  2. The report heading lists:

    • The run report date

    • The run report file name

    • The transaction file processing date

    • The transaction file creation date

  3. Compare dates to ensure the service center has processed every transaction file the EP-DCSC has sent. EDS batches are run daily. There should be report listing dates of the transaction files for every day of the week. If this doesn’t happen, contact TOPS at:http://erc.web.irs.gov/default.asp?SEID=tabsr. The sooner we identify problems, the easier it is for ISD to fix them.

  4. See the unpostable section and OLE section of the run reports printed on separate pages.

  5. Use the report’s Totals section to monitor updates to the EDS database:

    1. Total Openings or Closings sent twice: A high number could indicate records are being resent to EACS; contact TOPS for assistance.

    2. Records Not Updated Due to IC Status 30: If > 0, generally indicates the run report was put through the program more than once; contact TOPS for assistance.

  6. Compare whether all records were processed from each transaction file. The following items should equal the total on the report:

    • EP and EO Nightly Batch Run: Total Transactions Generated

    • CSPC Run Report: Individual File Number Totals - Number EO Records Read and Number EP Records Read

    • EP and EO EACS Run Report: Total Records Input



    If they don’t match, review the run report for unpostables that aren’t in the UNP format and add to the Total Records Input. If still unequal, contact TOPS.

  7. The remaining items in the TOTALS section are informational. The total of these four lines in each of the IC and AH columns should equal the Total Records Input.

    Report Item Description
    Records Unmatched Total records where the program could not find the case number in the database. These cases are listed in the EACS-EDS Errors Section.
    Records Not Updated Total number of records that were on the report where no update was done to the database. These are generally records openings and update after closings. These records do not update the MF status (IC table). If the same file was run more than once through the programming this number would also include the total records found where the MF status was already a 30.
    Records Updated/Added Total records where the MF status (IC table) is updated because of a closing or an unpostable or when an action history (AH table) record is added. Action history records are added when the MF status is changed and for all openings and update after closings.
    Database Failures Total number of records where the database could not be updated because a record is being used by another login. This would not generally happen since the batches are run when no one else is on the system.

Correcting EACS Unpostables

  1. To resolve EACS unpostables:

    1. Research INOLES, TEDS and/or the case file for correct data.

    2. Update the information on EDS.

    3. Resend the record to EACS, see 3 below.

  2. You can find the correct entry for each unpostable error in INOLES, the case file or on TEDS. If you still can't determine the correct entry, ask the specialist who closed the case.

  3. Use Option 1 of the ICS Main Menu on the EDS system to make correction(s) in the Query/Update Master Record and Status screen. See IRM 7.14.5, Inventory Control Subsystem, Exhibit 7.14.5-3 for more information.

    1. Correct all errors, then enter a "Y" , "B" , or "D" in the MF item to re-send the record to EACS.

    2. Enter a "B" when both the opening and closing record should be sent to EACS.

    3. Enter a "D" when the unpostable is N985.

  4. When entering a "Y" or "B" , or "D" use the appropriate function key ("Yes, Send" ) to verify the record should be sent to EACS. MF codes will update as:

    • MF 5XXX and 9XXX update to 0 (zero).

    • MF 4XXX and 8XXX update to 2.

    • MF 2XXX and 7XXX update to 4.

    • MF 3XXX and 6XXXX update to 12.

  5. After the nightly batch run, the MF code will update to show the record was sent.

EACS Most Common Errors

  1. Error code 014 is the most common error for invalid benefit type. Correct the record by the correcting the benefit type in EDS.

  2. Error code 994 indicates a closing record is sent before an opening unpostable is corrected. Correct the record by entering a "B" in the MF code.

  3. Error code 100 and OLE error 996 indicate zip code and OLE errors. Correct the record by the correcting the zip code or name control brackets. Enter a "Y" in the MF code to resend the record.

  4. See Exhibit 7.13.8-1, EDS Batch Run Error Codes, for a listing of error code descriptions.

EDS Batch Run Error Codes

This exhibit list the last three digits of the error codes. See IRM paragraph (2) for an explanation of the first digit of the error codes.

Error Codes
Error Messages
000 Invalid Case Number
001 Invalid File Folder Number
002 Invalid EIN
003 Invalid Plan Number
004 Invalid Name Control
005 Invalid District Code
006 Invalid Case Number (Julian Date)
007 Invalid Case Number
008 Too many AH Event 10 Records
010 Invalid Control Date
011 Invalid Form Number
012 Invalid Form Version Code
013 Invalid Type of Determination Request
014 Invalid Benefit Type
015 Invalid Total Participants
016 Invalid Plan Year Ends
017 Invalid Subsection
019 Invalid District of Location Code
021 This Form not sent to Master File
022 Invalid KDO
023 Inappropriate Update to Control Date Attempted
040 Correction Disposal Record, contact TOPS by submitting a Help Desk ticket.
050 Invalid Employee Grade
051 Missing Employee Grade
052 Invalid Closing Code
053 Case Not Approved
054 Missing Specialist Hours
055 Inconsistent Closing Cd and Proposed Closing Cd
056 Missing Specialist Number
057 Invalid Case Grade
058 Missing Case Grade
059 Missing Plan Number
060 Invalid Law Indicator
061 Missing Law Indicator
062 Invalid Plan Effective Date
063 Invalid Plan Vesting
064 Missing Plan Vesting
065 Inconsistent Plan Vesting and Form Number
066 Missing Plan Participants
067 Inconsistent Form Number and Plan Participants
068 Missing Plan Effective Date
069 Inconsistent Form Number and Plan Effective Date
070 Missing Plan Year Ends
071 Inconsistent Form Number and Plan Year Ends
072 Invalid Case Grade Source
080 Invalid 1st line of Name of Plan Sponsor
081 Invalid 2nd line of Name of Plan Sponsor
085 Invalid In Care of Name
087 Invalid 1st line of Plan Name
088 Invalid 2nd line of Plan Name
089 Inconsistent Zip Code and State Code
090 Invalid Address
091 Invalid City
092 Invalid State Code
093 Invalid Zip Code
094 Invalid Foreign Address
095 Invalid Foreign City
096 Invalid Foreign Country
100 Zip Code not Valid for this State Code
128 Invalid Affiliation Code
161 Inconsistent District of Location and State Code
162 Dummy EIN Must be Updated
163 Missing Reviewer Number
164 Missing Reviewer Hours
166 Inconsistent Closing Code and Type Request
179 Determination Code must be Blank
190 Missing Reviewer Number and Reviewer Total Hours
984 Record Error with Foreign Address, contact TOPS by submitting a Help Desk ticket.
985 EIN Not in Service Center’s Valid Range - Verify (If Correct, enter "D" in the MF Code.)
986 Closing Record Missing on PCCF for this Update
987 Update After Closing Error, contact TOPS by submitting a Help Desk ticket.
988 Inconsistent Form No and Form 5309 Ind or 40K Ind
990 Closing Record sent a second time (no action necessary if closing code matches the service center, check PLINF)
991 Tape Error, contact TOPS by submitting a Help Desk ticket.
992 Inconsistent Key District Office Code in FFN, Case Number and District Office Code
993 Opening Record sent a Second Time (no action necessary)
994 Opening Record missing (Enter a "B" to send both an opening and a closing record)
995 Record Error with MF Code, Submit Help Desk ticket
996 Mismatch on Name Control and EIN (OLE)
997 No matching EM record
998 No matching EC record
999 No matching KD record


Term Definition
Opening Record The opening or establishment record is transmitted to EACS after an application is entered in the Data Transcription Subsystem (DTS) or created in TEDS. Transmitting an opening record allows service center employees research capability with the command codes PLINQ and PLINF. These records are sometimes referred to as PAO records in the run reports.
Closing Record The closing record transmits to EACS after a case is closed and approved through the EDS Case Approval Screen. This record closes off the opening record. These records are sometimes referred to as PCO records in the run reports.
Update MIR Record Option 5 in the Query/Update Master File screen allows MIR items to be updated. An update record can be sent to EACS after the record has been closed and MIR items have been updated. These records are sometimes referred to as PUO records in the run reports.
EC and IC Records A "case" is stored in a number of tables in the EDS database. For a case to be viewed in the Update Master File screen it must have a record (with the same case number) in each of the EC (EACS/MF data) and IC (Inventory Control) tables. The record contains entity information, such as name, address, form number, etc. The EC record contains case information, such as subsection, status, etc. The IC record contains the MF indicator and the date.
PCCF The Plan Case Control File (PCCF) is the name of the database used for EACS system. The PCCF is the holding area until transactions can be sent to Master File.