TY2007 Known e-file issues and solutions
Updated December 16, 2008
Form Type Schema/Schema Element Work-Around Status
Form 851 Form 851, Part II, column "Owned by corporation Part II has a schema limitation. The last column under If the taxpayer needs to report more than one affiliated member owner for a subsidiary listed in Part Schema will be issued in future
no." has schema limitation Stockholdings at the beginning of the year is designed to II complete the XML part II last column "Owned by corporation no.: for each applicable subsidiary release. Continue to use workaround.
indicate the affiliated member from Part I for which the by entering the corporation number for the affiliated member with the majority ownership. If there is
Stockholdings information is being reported in Part II. no majority owner, use the owner's number that comes first in Part I. Provide a PDF Form 851 Part
Currently the schema only allows one corporation number to II showing the information for all the owners for each subsidiary. This PDF file should be attached to
be entered for this element. the consolidated return and named Form851PartII.PDF and described as Form 851 part II Full
Form 1118 "ForeignCountryOrUSPossession" The TY2007 F1118 Instructions reflect "Other Countries" code On both the IRS Form 1118 and in your XML File, leave the field blank if you have an "Other eFileTypes schema will be corrected in
as "OC" and the eFileTypes schema erroneously reflects Country" not listed elsewhere. a future TY2008 schema release.
"Other Country" code as "XX". The eFileTypes schema will be Continue to use workaround.
updated to remove "XX" and add "OC" for "Other Countries".
Form 1118 Schedule A Missing write in choices on Form 1118 Schedule The December 2007 PDF for Form 1118 Schedule A indicated If Form 1118 Schedule A, column 1, is needed to write-in any of the three new choices, include the Schema corrections will be issued in a
A new write-ins can be added to Schedule A, column 1. These applicable choice using the General Dependency schema and use "Form 1118 Schedule A, column future release. Change submitted.
new write-ins are missing from the XML schema. They 1 workaround" as the description. Will be in future TY2008 schema
are: "NOLs", "income from RICs", and "high-taxed income" release. Continue to use workaround.
(see Schedule A instructions on page 5).
Form 1118 Schedule B Missing multi-year carryover of foreign taxes data Taxpayer unable to report multi-year carryover of foreign If the taxpayer needs to report carryover of foreign taxes as instructed on Schedule B (Form 1118) Will be revised in TY2008 schema
on Schedule B (Form 1118) Part II line 4 taxes data on Schedule B (Form 1118) part II line 4 as multi-year carryover data, then using the following workaround until the attachment release. Change submitted. Will be in
TotalCarryoverOfForeignTaxesSch is revised for TY2008. Attach the multi-year carryover data as future TY2008 schema release.
a PDF. This PDF file should be attached to the consolidated return and named Continue to use workaround.
TotalCarryoverOfForeginTaxes-1118 (basket).PDF and described as Total Carryover Of Foreign
Taxes - 1118 (basket) where the basket is the category on the Form 1118 to which this carryover is
Form 1118 Schedule B The 2007 Instructions for Schedule B (Form 1118) instruct
Missing literal write-in indicator on Schedule B (Form 1118) line 5 Taxpayers who need to reclassify high-taxed income from passive category income to general Literal write-in indicator will be added
taxpayers reclassifying high-taxed income from passive category income, as instructed on Schedule B (Form 1118) line 5, should include this amount in the to schema in a future release. Change
category income to general category income, to include the line 5 total, and use the General Dependency schema to indicate the high tax kick out. The submitted. Will be in future TY2008
related tax adjustment in the line 5 total. The taxpayer is also Description of the General Dependency should be "Schedule B (Form 1118) Line 5 HTKO". schema release. Continue to use
instructed to "enter" on the dotted line to the left of the entry workaround.
space for line 5 "HTKO" and the amount of the tax adjustment.
Indicate whether adjustment is positive or (negative). See
General Category Income on page 2 for additional
Form 1118 Schedule J As an alternative, the
Missing literal write-in indicator on Top of form Schedule J (Form 1118) 2007 Instructions for Schedule J (Form Taxpayers who choose to follow the principles of Notice 89-3,1989-1C.B. 623, rather than applying Literal write-in indicator will be added
1118) instruct taxpayers to make the following notation on the the Temporary Regulations section 1.904(g)-3T to their 2007 tax year should use the General to schema in a future release. Change
top of Schedule J: "U.S. Loss Allocation Under Notice 89-3" Dependency schema and use "Top of Schedule J notation: "U.S. Loss Allocation Under Notice submitted. Will be in future TY2008
if a corporation chooses to follow the principles of Notice 89-3, 89-3" workaround" as the description. schema release. Continue to use
1989-1C.B.623, rather than applying the Temporary workaround.
Regulations section 1.904(g)-3T to its 2007 tax year.
Form 1118 Schedule J In addition, 10
Missing literal write-in indicator on Schedule J (Form 1118) linethe 2007 Instructions for Schedule J (Form 1118) Taxpayers who choose to follow the principles of Notice 89-3,1989-1C.B. 623, rather than applying Literal write-in, "Allocation of domestic
instruct taxpayers to cross out the line description for line 10 the Temporary Regulations section 1.904(g)-3T to their 2007 tax year should leave line 10 blank, losses" and the U.S. source losses
and write in "Allocation of domestic losses" if a corporation but use the General Dependency schema and use line 10 description "Allocation of domestic allocated to separate categories with
chooses to follow the principles of notice 89-3,1989-1C.B.623, losses workaround" as the description. income amounts will be added to
rather than applying the Temporary Regulations section schema in a future release. Change
1.904(g)-3T to its 2007 tax year. submitted. Will be in future TY2008
schema release. Continue to use
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Form Type Schema/Schema Element Work-Around Status
Form 1120 Paid preparer information When any paid preparer information is included in the As a short term solution until a change can be made to the preparer SSN/PTIN field in TY2008 The TY2008 schema will be revised to
electronic file, SSN/PTIN is a required field. But foreign schemas, in the case of foreign return preparers, the preparer name and SSN/PTIN may be left allow an indication that a foreign
preparers do not have these numbers assigned to them. blank in the XML file. The preparer can sign the return and supply the firm’s Employer Identification preparer was used. Continue to use
Number through the Form 8453-C, filed as a PDF attachment with the corporation's electronically workaround.
filed income tax return. As such, it is considered part of the return for purposes of electronic filing
of the Form 1120. This practice will fulfill the requirements of I.R.C. Sections 6109(a)(4) and
6695(c), and Treasury Regulation Sections 1.6109-2(a) and 1.6695-1(c).
Form 1120 Sch M-3 Part II, Line 17a Currently, Part II, Line 17a, is restricted to For Part II, Line 17a, if you need to enter a negative number within the brackets, use the general The schema has been undated for TY
EliminationsOr "USAmountNNType". This will be changed to dependency xml schema and use "IRS 1120 Schedule M3 Part II Line17a workaround" as the 2007 in version TY2007v2.4
Adjustments "USAmountType" to allow both negative and positive numbers description. Currently, Form 1120, Sch M-3, Part II, Line 17a only allows non-negative numbers.
in the Schedule M3 (Form 1120) "Eliminations Or Enter the negative number in the General Dependency. Make a book adjustment to move the Cost
Adjustments" schema. of Goods Sold and then document the book adjustment to show that the change was made only to
facilitate electronic filing of the return.
1120-F Schemas for 1120-F or Schedules M-1/M-2, M-3, Instructions for Form 1120-F and it's associated schedules (M- For any schedule, election, statement, etc. that is needed but unavailable in the schema for Forms The changes will be made in future
H, I or P 1/M-2, M-3, H, I and P) were published February 2008 so 1120-F or Schedules M-1/M-2, M-3, H, I or P, use the General Dependency and title the TY2008 schema. Continue to use work
required schedules, elections or statements may be missing Dependency appropriately. around.
from the schemas.
Form 2220, Schedule A "First4MonthsTotalTaxableIncome" The efile type in version 2.3 calls for a "LargeRatioType" in Since there should not be any entries on line 9b until later in the year, line 9a and 9c should have The schema has been corrected for TY
Part I, Line 9c columns a "First6MonthsTotalTaxableIncome" error, the correct efile type should be "USAmountType" on all the same entries on them. Please make line 9c a redundant data field and pick up the amount 2007 in version TY2007v2.4
through d "First9MonthsTotalTaxableIncome" 4 columns for 9c. from line 9a for each of the columns on the Form 2220 for line 9c.
4136 Form 4136, Line 8d(a) - Type of Use The schema currently allows for Type of Use codes 1, 9,10, Use the General Dependency and describe it "Form 4136 Line 8d(a) Type of Use Workaround". The schema will be changed to allow
11, 13, 14, 15 which are related to Aviation Grade Kerosene. for both Aviation Grade Kerosene Type
Taxpayers need to be able to insert Type of use codes for both and Noncommercial Aviation Kerosene
Aviation Grade Kerosene and Noncommercial Aviation Type. This change will be submitted
Kerosene (1, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16). WR#7.
Form 4562-FY This new form is designed to be used only by taxpayers who There are several options for Fiscal Year filers. TY2007v2.4 will contain the schema
have a 2007-2008 fiscal tax year; and wish to take advantage a) FY filers may continue to efile Form 4562 (TY2007v2.3) instead of the new F4562-FY but must for Form 4562-FY. However, with
of the new 50-percent special depreciation allowance for ensure that their calculations for Line 14 and 25 on page 1 are correct. incorrect maxInclusive values on lines
property that was placed in service after December 31, 2007. b) FY filers, who can wait until the TY2007v2.4 schema is available, can submit the F4562-FY; 1 and 3. Corrected Form 4562-FY
This provision was added by Act section 103 of P.L. 110-185, however, only if the maxInclusive values on lines 1 and 3 are not exceeded. Forms with higher TY2007 schema, without the erroneous
the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008. On page 1, Line 14, and values will reject. FY filers also have to ensure that the F4562-FY is attached at the Return level, maxInclusive values on lines 1 and 3,
on page 2, Line 25 were revised to provide space for this not the line level. The TY2007v2.3 schema version does not include these errors and some will be available in the near future.
“bonus depreciation.” Details will be provided in the taxpayers may be able to submit their returns using this prior schema version. Corrected in TY2007v2.5. As of Jan
instructions. We have several schema issues relating to Form c) Some FY filers may be able to wait with their tax return submission until the corrected schema 2009, Form 4562-FY will no longer
4562-FY. version is avaiable on irs.gov. d) FY filers who cannot wait until the corrected schema version, apply.
Issue 1: Form 4562-FY schema is not available until without any maxInclusive values, is available, may provide their maxInclusive values in a General
beginning of June 2008 - TY2007v2.4. Issue Dependency and attach it to the return and use "Form 4562-FY, Part I, lines 1 and 3, workaround"
2: The xml schema for new Form 4562-FY - TY2007v2.4 as the Description. Filers must indicate in this dependency which line the amount(s) apply to.
contains erroneous maxInclusive values on lines 1 and 3.
Issue 3: The TY2007v2.4 schema does not allow the 4562-
FY at the line level of any tax forms that it can be attached to.
Therefore, filers must attach the Form 4562-FY at the Return
level to avoid rejects.
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Form Type Schema/Schema Element Work-Around Status
Form 4562 The TY2007v2.4 xml schema includes erroneous There are several options: TY2007v2.4 will contain the schema
maxInclusive values on lines 1 and 3. Filers entering values 1) The TY2007v2.3 schema version does not include these errors and some taxpayers may be able for Form 4562. However, with
that are higher than those in the schema will receive a reject. to submit their returns using this prior schema version. incorrect maxInclusive values on lines
2) Some filers may be able to wait until the corrected schema, without any maxInclusive values, is 1 and 3. Corrected Form 4562 TY2007
published. schema, without the erroneous
3) Filers who cannot use one of the above options and need to file with higher maxInclusive values, maxInclusive values on lines 1 and 3,
may include use a General Dependency to provide their values, attach it to the return and use will be available in the near future.
"Form 4562, Part I, lines 1 and 3, workaround" as the Description. Filers must indicate in their Corrected in TY2007v2.5.
dependency which line their amount(s) apply to.
5471 PersonName, Page 1, Line 2a Currently the Form 5471 schema does not allow for a SSN on Taxpayers should use the PersonName element already on line 2a and leave the EIN element Will be corrected in future schema
Page 1, Line 2a of the form. blank. Enter the person's name. Then on the same line, enter the letters "SSN" and the Social release. Continue to use workaround.
Security Number. This line has a total of 35 characters to enter both the name and SSN so
taxpayers may have to abbreviate.
John Doe SSN 999999999 enter as John Doe SSN 999999999
Constance Amelia Greenfinch SSN 999999999 enter as C A Greenfinch SSN 999999999
5713 The Form 5713 schema erroneously shows Line 13a as If you are filing Form 5713 for tax year 2007 or 2008 and the answers to Lines 11 and 12 are both The changes will be made in a future
required. Line 13a is not required if the answers to Lines 11 “No”, then you can attach Form 5713 as a .pdf. Use "Form 5713 Document" as the Description for schema release
and 12 are both "No.". the .pdf attachment. If you prefer not to attach Form 5713 as a .pdf, you can select “No” as the
responses for Line 13a to prevent a reject. The schema will be corrected for Tax Year 2009.
5735 The name on the Form 5735 has been changed to American Taxpayers e-filing their returns needing to include the “write-in” American Samoa Economic Corrected in TY2007v2.3 schema.
Samoa Economic Development Credit. This credit is used to Development Credit explanation on the forms listed below will need to use the
determine the allowable amount for several other credits and GeneralDependencySchema and reference it from the line indicated below for that applicable form.
is to be included on the same line as the Qualified Electric The “write-in” explanation on this schema must be described as Form 8835 Credit Amount the “write-
Vehicle Credit and identified by a “write-in” explanation. in” explanation should say - : “American Samoa Economic Development Credit amount included of
$XX” where XX is the amount of the credit.
Form 1120 – U. S. Corporation Income Tax Return - Sch J, Line 5b
Form 8835 – Renewable Electricity, Refined Coal, and Indian Coal Production Credit –Part II, Line
Form 8844 - Empowerment Zone Employment Credit - Part II, Line 16c
Form 8860 - Qualified Zone Academy Bond Credit - Part II, Line 7c
8594 Form 8594, Line 7 schema Form 8594 instructions state to enter the tax year(s) and form If multiple tax years are needed to be included on Line 7, use the description "Form 8594 Line 7 Will be corrected in future schema
number with which the original and any supplemental Workaround" in the General Dependency. posting. Continue to use workaround.
statements were filed. Line 7 does not support multiple tax
8820 Missing statement to explain Controlled Group Members Use the General Dependency and describe it "Form 8820 Line 2 Controlled Group Member Will be corrected in future schema
Computation Workaround". release. Continue to use workaround.
8820 Missing Control Group Members Credit Statement Use the General Dependency and describe it "Form 8820 Line 2 Controlled Group Member Will be corrected in future schema
Workaround" . release. Continue to use workaround.
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Form Type Schema/Schema Element Work-Around Status
8865 Itemized Ordinary Income Loss Statement The dependency Itemized Ordinary Income Loss Statement is If the filer doesn't have an EIN, they should omit the EIN element until the schema change has This dependency will be updated with
Schedule B, Line 4: Schedule B, Line 7: Schedule missing necessary efiletypes (APPLIED FOR" or been made. the necessary efiletypes.
B, Line 20: Schedule K, Line 11: "FOREIGNUS").
8886 Form 8886, Line 7b, DescribeExpectedBenefits, Large Taxpayers require additional space for the Expected If additional space is needed at line 7b, form 8886, please use the General Dependency and use A dependency will be created for this
ShortExplanationType Benefits Description. The ShortExplanationType only allows "Form 8886 Expected Benefits Workaround" as the Description. line and published in a future schema
1000 characters. The efile type will stay the same; however posting for TY2008. Change
we will attach a dependency at this line for additional submitted. Will be in future TY2008
explanation. schema release. Continue to use
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