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Current Valid Schemas for the Modernized e-File (MeF), Excise Tax e-Filing and Compliance (ETEC) Forms 720, 2290 and 8849

The following links provide information and technical guidance for software developers and transmitters who are interested in developing software for the Modernized e-File ETEC Forms 720, 2290 and 8849. 

Form 2290 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.

These will continue to be updated as changes occur. Form instructions are included in Publication 4163, MeF Handbook for Authorized e-File Providers, and Publication 4164, MeF Guide for Software Developers and Transmitters.

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 Tax Years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 are posted to the Modernized e-File (MeF) Assurance Testing System (ATS) Updates page on 


Form 720
Form 2290
Form 8849

If you have any questions pertaining to the information on this web page, please contact the e-Help Desk at 866-255-0654.

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 14-Mar-2017