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Release Memo for Prior Year Schemas and Business Rules Updated with XML Standardization Change

Updated November 19, 2014

MeF Stakeholders,

Complete Prior Year Business Rules Packages are now posted. These rules will be in effect November 3, 2014 for ATS and January 2015 for production.  

If you have any questions about the Schemas or Business Rules, please send your inquiry to the MeF Mailbox


August 04, 2014

MeF Stakeholders,

As notified in the QuickAlert issued June 25, 2014, Prior Year Schemas and a Business Rules Package containing XML standardization changes impacting the manifest are being posted. These changes will be in effect November 2014 for ATS and January 2015 for production.

XML Schemas

The following prior year schema packages containing diff files for efileAttachments.xsd, efileMessageCommon.xsd, and efileMessageIFA.xsd are being posted:

• 1040x_2012v5.0, 1040x_2013v6.0
• 1041_2013v5.0
• 1065x_2012v3.0, 1065x_2013v5.0
• 1120x_2012v3.0, 1120x_2013v4.0, 7004_2013v4.0
• 720_2013Q1v3.0, 720_2013Q2v3.0, 720_2013Q3v2.0, 720_2013Q4v2.0, 2290_2013v3.0, 8849_2013v3.0, 720_2014Q1v2.0,     720_2014Q2v3.0, 720_2014Q3v3.0, 720_2014Q4v3.0, 2290_2014v3.0, and 8849_2014v2.0
• 94xAnnual_2013v6.0, 941xQuarterly_2013v6.0, 941xQuarterly_2014v3.0
• 990N_2012v2.0, 990x_2012v3.0, 1120POL_2012v2.0, 990N_2013v3.0, 990x_2013v4.0, 1120POL_2013v3.0, 8868_2013v3.0

Please note that 2350, 9465, 56, and 4868 prior year schemas are not impacted by XML standardization changes as these are extension forms (1040x) or Continuous Use schemas. Extensions are not accepted for prior years and Continuous Use forms must use the latest version of the schema available for production.


Business Rules

Along with the updated schemas, a list is being posted of only the 16 business rule updates needed for prior years due to changes to eFileAttachment.xsd which impacts the manifest. These rules apply to all supported tax years in processing year 2015. The list of rules identifies each tax type to which the rule applies. A complete updated rules package for each tax type corresponding to the new schema version will be posted in a later release before ATS begins in November 2014.

If you have any questions about the Schemas or Business Rules, please send your inquiry to the MeF Mailbox.


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