Release Memo for 94x Modernized e-File (MeF) Annual Forms (2017v3.1)

Revised April 18, 2018

MeF 94x Stakeholders:

We provided updated 94x Annual Forms Schemas and Business Rules for Tax Year 2017 on December 27, 2017. The 2017v3.1 Schema package contains updates to the Form 944 Return Data, Schedule R (Form 940) and Schedule R (Form 943) and updates to the 940/940PR Business Rules package. These Schemas and Business Rules were made available in the Assurance Testing System (ATS) on January 7, 2018 and January 8, 2018 in the Production system.

The distribution of MeF Schemas and Business Rules 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.

To receive the distribution of Schema and Business Rule 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 now 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.

XML Schemas

The "Diff" Files for the 94x Annual Forms identify the changes from the Tax Year 2017v3.0 Schema package to the Tax Year 2017v3.1 Schema package.

Business Rules

The 94x Annual Forms 2017v3.1 Business Rules are available in two (2) formats that contain identical information: Adobe (.pdf) and Comma Separated Values (.csv).

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


Tax Year 2017 94x MeF Schemas and Business Rules Page

Modernized e-File (MeF) Program Information Page