How does the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Work?

Student applicants and parents who have filed their 2019 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.