*Note: This post references older test files. The newest XML files are located here:
As part of our commitment to give back to the community, we have decided to open source our IRS AIR Test Scenario XML sample files that can be used for the ISS-UI system.
What are these files?
These files are XML files that are required by the IRS before you can start submitting your data to their production system. Unfortunately, the IRS hasn’t released these to the public, so it’s extremely difficult to figure out how to change your output to match a format you can’t see. With these files, you will be able to diff the output of your system to verify that your XML file format is correct.
Who needs these files?
Anyone who wants to file their own ACA information returns starting in January 2016 will need to pass AATS testing. Testing requires that you correctly file these test XML files, and have the IRS helpdesk manually verify that you have passed testing.
Let us handle it!
If you file your forms through BoomTax, you won’t need to worry about getting a TCC, software id, or worrying about creating the complex XML file, validating the XML against XSDs, keeping track of receipt ids, or following a special correction procedure.
With BoomTax, all you need to do is simply upload your XML file and click ‘E-file’. We take care of sending your filing to the IRS, and we will email you real-time notifications as your filing is processed.
IRS AIR Test Scenario XML Sample Files
XML Notepad 2007 – Good for validating your XML files against the AIR XSDs, and running XML diffs.
XVI32 – Any hex editor will work. You just want to make sure your UTF-8 output doesn’t have a BOM before your XML root element.
Visual Studio – Let Visual Studio generate all of the code you’ll need (over 14k lines of code from the most recent XSD package)