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Software Developer's Information

Our Software Developer's Information area is designed to provide information for tax software developers who are interested in electronic filing, 2D barcoding and/or recreating substitute forms for the Commonwealth.  Click on the links to the left or below for additional information.

Announcements and Important Dates


ATS start date for Form 740 and Form 740-NP will begin 12/1/2014.  The start date for the Form 40A102 is 12/19/2014.

ATS start date for 720, 720-S and 765 have not been set.

Interest for 2015 will remain the same at 6%

Upcoming Events 

  • The IRS announced ATS for IMF and BMF will begin on 11/3/2014. At this time, Kentucky has not set our ATS start date.

Past Events

  • Business Rules for 740, 740-NP posted on 10-29-2014
  • ATS scenarios for IMF released on 10-24-2014
  • Reject codes for 720, 720-S, 740, 740-NP, 40A102 posted on 10-24-2014
  • Individual and Corporate 2014v1.0 schemas released on 10-20-2014
  • KY Publication 4163 posted on 10-20-2014
  • KY Publication 4164 posted on 10-07-2014
  • IMF Letter of Intent was posted on 09-29-2014
  • KY Publication 1345 was posted on 09-29-2014
  • 2D Barcode testing start date:  09-29-2014
  • What's New for Tax Year 2014?  [PDF 51K] (Posted 09-29-2014)


Past Events

  • TY2013 BMF Production Start Up is scheduled for 1/13/2014.  KY delayed our BMF Production start date to May 6, 2014.
  • Tax Year 2013 Form 720 MeF ATS test scenarios have been posted.  Kentucky BMF ATS start date 3/26/2014.
  • TY2013 IMF ATS end date 3/31/2014
  • TY2013 v1.2 Form 720 Schema posted on 2/25/2014. Please see the Corporate Income Tax section on the Modernized Electonic Filing web page (link found below). 
  • TY2013 v1.1 Form 720 Schema posted on 1/15/2014.
  • Tax Year 2013 for IMF began 1/31/2014.
  • Tax Year 2012 MeF ended on 11/23/2013.
  • Tax Year 2013 ATS began 11/4/2013 for Forms 740/740-NP. 
  • The interest rate for 2014 will remain the same as the past two years. 
  • What's New for Tax Year 2013?  [PDF 32K] (Revised 10-30-2013)  
  • TY2013 IMF ATS scenarios were posted on 10/14/2013.
  • TY2013 Form 740/740-NP draft schema, business rules, reject codes, Publication 4164 posted on 10/8/2013.
  • 2D Barcode tests were posted 8/28/2013.  Testing began 9/3/2013.

Modernized Electronic Filing (MeF)

Link directs you to information about Kentucky's electronic filing program including the ATS test returns, state schemas, business rules, reject codes, KY Publication 4163 and KY Publication 4164.

Business Income Tax contact:  DawnM.Terry@ky.gov

Individual Income Tax contact:  AudreyJ.Terry@ky.gov; RichardJ.Hill@ky.gov

E-File Specifications



Substitute Forms

Link directs you to information for developing substitute income tax forms and approval listings. 

Department of Revenue contact information for each type tax is included in the Substitute Forms Design document.

Please see the Substitute Forms Design Document for contact information.

2D Barcode Specifications

Link directs you to the current year 2D barcode information including file layouts, barcode specifications manual, mapped forms, test returns and software approval list. 

2D Barcode contact:  AudreyJ.Terry@ky.gov; RichardJ.Hill@ky.gov

Testing begins:  09-29-2014


Last Updated 12/19/2014
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