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Software Development and Substitute Form Information

This section of the Department of Revenue website is designed to provide information to the tax software development and substitute forms design community.  Click on the links to the left or below for additional information on any of the topics.

Announcements and Important Dates

Current/Upcoming Events


Past Events


  • ATS and Production efile for Form 765 start date 4/22/2015
  • Production start date for the 720 and 720-S is 1/26/2015.
  • ATS start date for 720 and 720-S is 1/9/2015.
  • The IRS announced the start date for filing TY2014 Individual Income Tax returns - January 20, 2015. Kentucky will begin TY2014 on January 20, 2015 for both paper filed and efiled returns.  We will participate in the Controlled Launch which begins on January 12, 2015.
  • Interest for 2015 will remain the same at 6%
  • 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.
  • 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)

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:

Individual Income Tax contact:

E-Commerce Branch:;

E-File Specifications



Substitute Forms

Link directs you to information for developing substitute income tax forms including the Substitute Forms Vendor Approval list. 

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

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:;

Testing begins:  TBD


Last Updated 11/10/2015
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