Applying For Financial Aid - What is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?
*Please note that you are required to complete the IRS Data Retrieval, unless you are not eligible to. For information about your eligibility to use the IRS Data Retrieval, please contact our office.
The U.S. Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have collaborated to develop a tool that simplifies the completion of the FAFSA application. The IRS Data Retrieval tool allows FAFSA applicants and parents to request and retrieve their tax data directly from the IRS. Once this data is retrieved from the IRS, it can be transferred to the FAFSA application.
The following information will provide you with more information about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool:
- How does the IRS Data Retrieval tool work?
- Who can use the IRS Data Retrieval tool?
- Who can NOT use the IRS Data Retrieval tool?
- When will I be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool?
- Why should I use the IRS Data Retrieval tool?
- What happens if I haven’t filed my taxes yet?
- What happens if I am selected for Verification for 2013-2014?
Student applicants and parents who have filed their 2012 taxes will be given the option to use this tool when they are completing the Financial Information portion of their FAFSA application.
Please note that there are 2 separate Financial Information sections on the FAFSA for dependent students. Students will use this tool for the Student Financial Information section and parents of dependent students will use this tool for the Parent Financial Information section. Click here for more information on determining your dependency status.
Upon selecting the IRS Data Retrieval Tool the applicant will be directed to the IRS website.
Users will then need to authenticate their identity before any personal information is displayed.
After viewing tax data, applicants will then have the option to “Transfer” the tax information directly to the FAFSA application.
Who can use the IRS Data Retrieval tool?
- Applicants who are completing an initial FAFSA, completing a renewal FAFSA or making corrections to their initial FAFSA
- Student applicants or parents who:
- Have a valid Social Security Number
- Have a valid Federal Student Aid Personal Identification Number (PIN)
- Have completed and filed a 2012 Federal Tax Return
Who can NOT use the IRS Data Retrieval tool?
Student applicants or parents who:
- Have filed an amended tax return for 2012
- Are married filing separately for 2012
- Filed a foreign tax return for 2012
** Parents and/or students that filed a joint 2012 tax return and are separated/divorced, should contact our office for further instructions**
When will I be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool?
The 2013-2014 FAFSA On The Web will be available online JANUARY 1, 2013 at www.FAFSA.gov.
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be available for use starting FEBRUARY 3, 2013.
Electronically filed 2012 tax return information will be available online from the IRS Data Retrieval Tool approximately
1-2 weeks after return has been filed.
Data from 2012 paper tax returns will be available 6-8 weeks after the return has been filed.
Why should I use the IRS Data Retrieval tool?
IT’S EASY: You don’t manually fill in information from your paper tax return when you complete the FAFSA.
IT’S FAST: With a couple of clicks and verification of identity your tax information will automatically be transferred to your FAFSA.
IT’S ACCURATE: By using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you are ensuring that the Financial Aid office is receiving your most accurate tax information.
IT STREAMLINES THE VERIFICATION PROCESS: For student applicants and parents that are selected for verification for the 2013-2014 academic year, retrieval of your tax information to update the FAFSA application electronically is the most efficient way to provide tax information.
What happens if I haven’t filed my 2012 taxes yet?
Even if you have not completed your 2012 Federal taxes you should complete your FAFSA using tax estimates.
You can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool once you have filed your 2012 taxes to update your FAFSA.
What happens if I am selected for Verification for 2013-2014?
If a student applicant or parent is selected for verification, you will be required to complete and submit a Verification Form and submit your up-to-date tax information.
- You should provide your updated tax information by making a correction to your submitted FAFSA application using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
- If you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, a copy of your official tax transcript* must be submitted.
* The Financial Aid Office will ONLY be accepting copies of official tax transcripts for verification purposes. Our office is no longer allowed to accept copies of the federal tax returns filed.
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