If you filed a tax return with the IRS, you may be eligible to use the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) when completing the FAFSA. It is highly recommended:
- It’s the easiest way to provide tax data.;
- It’s the best way to ensure that your FAFSA has accurate tax information.
- If you use the IRS DRT (and don’t change any of the retrieved information in your FAFSA) you won’t need to provide tax transcripts if you’re selected for verification.
Go here to learn more: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out#irs-drt
Note: If you are selected for verification this will also make the process simpler and may require less documentation from you.
- You must use the name printed on your current Social Security Card.
- Read each item carefully—especially when you answer questions concerning household size, number in college, adjusted gross income, taxes paid, and marital status.
If you are selected for verification, additional documents will be requested from you. The requested documents vary by student, but several documents share common mistakes. Use the tips below to avoid having to submit documentation multiple times.