Tuesday, June 9, 2015

FATCA XML Schema Error - Prohibited Characters

We had previously posted IDES Testing Session Opens June 1  where we discussed that IDES opens for testing from Monday, June 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT to Monday, June 8, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT (UTC/GMT-4).  The test session will be open to users that have completed IDES enrollment by Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT.

Now these tests resulted in finding an error in the FATCA XML Schema Best Practices web page related to the inclusion of entity references in FATCA XML documents. 

To prevent file error notifications, please ensure your files do not include any of the characters mentioned in the FATCA XML Schema Best Practices web page. Also review the corrected FATCA IDES Technical FAQs C16 and C17. The FATCA XML schema reference documents will be updated to include these restrictions.

The IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this issue causes and appreciate the information provided by several filers that allowed them to identify this issue and initiate corrective actions. 

If you identify unexpected problems in FATCA reporting information, contact us via the IDES Technical FAQ page.

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