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IRS Data Retrieval Tool

You’re Selected for Verification and Do Not Want to Get a Tax Transcript from the IRS

Students and parents are able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer tax information within FAFSA on the web. We strongly encourage you to transfer your tax information when it is requested as you complete your FAFSA online.

Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Advantages:

  • By using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you significantly lower the chances you are selected for verification which will save you time and expedite the application process.
  • If your FAFSA is selected for verification and you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will not be required to submit any tax return documentation.

You’re Selected for Verification and Do Not Want to Get a Tax Transcript from the IRS

If you are being asked to submit a Tax Transcript for you and/or your spouse (if married) or parents (if dependent), you can request a Tax Transcript from the IRS or you can make a correction to your FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will receive the corrected application and if you made no change to the IRS data, you will not need to submit a Tax Transcript.

Obtaining a Tax and/or Wage & Income Transcript from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

If your FAFSA is selected for verification and you choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or could not use it, you will be required to get a Tax Return Transcript. Personal copies of tax returns cannot be accepted.

If you, your spouse (if married), and/or your parents (if dependent) need to submit W2(s), you may submit a copy of all W2(s) received. If you do not have all the W2(s), you may request a Wage and Income Transcript from the IRS.

Please note: The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will not accept a Tax Return or Wage and Income Transcript faxed or emailed from the IRS.

 Instructions on how to request a Tax Return Transcript
Instructions on how to request a Wage and Income Transcript

Obtaining Documentation from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) That a Tax Return Was Not Filed

If your FAFSA is selected for verification and you and/or your spouse (if married) or parents (if dependent), did not and was not required to file a federal tax return, you will be required to get a Verification of Non-Tax Filing letter from the IRS.

Please note: The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will not accept a Verification of Non-Tax Filing letter faxed or emailed from the IRS.

Download instructions on how to request a Verification of Non-Tax Filing letter.