The best way to verify income and to satisfy the IRS tax transcript requirement is by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that is part of FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.gov.
This tool automatically transfers all tax information to the FAFSA.
Information directly transferred with this tool eliminates the need to obtain the transcript from the IRS.
If you are eligible to use the Data Retrieval Tool, log into www.fafsa.gov and click Link to IRS to transfer your tax return information from the IRS website into your FAFSA.
It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers.
For the 2017-2018 Academic Year/FAFSA:
Since the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is unavailable for the 2017-2018 FAFSA, as of April 25, 2017, the Office of Financial Aid will accept a signed copy of your IRS 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ in place of an IRS Tax Return Transcript for 2015.
For the 2018-2019 Academic Year/FAFSA:
Please follow the steps below to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or to obtain an IRS Tax Return Transcript for 2016.
FSA ID Reminder: Login to the FAFSA with your FSA ID only if you are the student. Parents: Refer to Help, Trending Questions if you’re helping your student fill out the FAFSA.
If you are unable or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in FAFSA on the Web:
You will need your Social Security Number, date of birth, and the address on file with the IRS (normally this will be the address used when your IRS tax return was filed).
If you did not, will not, and were not required to file taxes for the income year specified on the FAFSA, you will need to request a Verification of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS. Use the "Get Your Tax Record" feature at www.IRS.gov or mail/fax Form 4506-T to the IRS. Your Verification of Non-Filing Letter must be dated on or after October 1, 2017. The Office of Financial Aid cannot accept letters dated before then.