Schools must verify FAFSA data with information provided directly from the IRS. If you or your parents have filed a 2015 U.S. Income Tax Return, you must retrieve your IRS data using one of the following two options.
Your federal tax return must be filed electronically at least two weeks prior to using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to allow the IRS time to process your return. Paper filing will require six to eight weeks.
*As of March 10, 2017, the IRS has disabled the Data Retrieval Tool as an option on the FAFSA. Please see Option 2 below to request a copy of your 2015 Tax Transcript.
The easiest way to verify your FAFSA data with accurate tax information is by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. In a few simple steps, you may be able to view your tax information and transfer it directly into your FAFSA.
If you or your parents choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, are not eligible to use the tool, or you make changes after the retrieval process is completed, you must provide a Tax Return Transcript. Tax filers can request a free transcript of their tax return from the IRS.
NOTE: If you are married and you and your spouse file separately on your 2015 U.S. Income Tax Return, you must provide an IRS Tax Transcript for both you and your spouse in order to complete Verification. If your parents are married and file separately, you must provide an IRS Tax Transcript for both parents in order to complete Verification.