Student’s Name: IRSC ID:
C. Independent Student’s Income Information to Be Verified
1. TAX RETURN FILERS—Important Note: If you (or your spouse, if married) filed, or will file, an amended 2017 IRS tax
return, you must contact your financial aid office before completing this section.
Instructions: Complete this section if you, the student, filed or will file a 2017 income tax return with the IRS. The best way to
verify income is by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that is part of FAFSA on the Web. If you have not already used the tool,
go to FAFSA.gov, log in to your FAFSA record, select “Make FAFSA Corrections,” and navigate to the Financial Information
section of the form. From there, follow the instructions to determine if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to
transfer 2017 IRS income tax information 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. If you need more information about when, or how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool see your financial aid office. Note:
You cannot use the tool if you are married filing separately.
Check the box that applies:
I, the student, have used the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in FAFSA on the Web to transfer my (and, if married, my spouse’s)
2017 IRS income information into my FAFSA, either on the initial FAFSA or when making a correction to the FAFSA.
Your school will use the IRS information that was transferred in the verification process.
I, the student, have not yet used the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, but I will use the tool to transfer my (and, if married, my
spouse’s) 2017 IRS income information into my FAFSA once I have filed my 2017 IRS tax return (THIS IS THE BEST
OPTION IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY USED THE DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL).. See instructions above for
information on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Your school cannot complete the verification process until your
(and, if married, your spouse’s) IRS information has been transferred into your FAFSA.
I, the student, am unable or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in FAFSA on the Web, and I will submit to the
school 2017 IRS tax return transcript(s)—not photocopies of the income tax return. To obtain an IRS tax return
transcript, go to www.IRS.gov and click on the “Order a Return or Account Transcript” link. Make sure to request the
“IRS Tax Return transcript” and not the “IRS Tax Account transcript.” You will need your Social Security Number, date
of birth, and the address on file with the IRS. (Typically this will be the address used when the 2017 IRS tax return was
filed.) It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to
eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers.
Check here if an IRS tax return transcript(s) is attached to this worksheet.
Check here if IRS tax return transcript(s) will be submitted to your school later. Verification cannot be completed
until the IRS tax return transcript(s) has been submitted to your school.
2. TAX RETURN NONFILERS—Complete this section if you, the student (and, if married, your spouse), will not file and are
not required to file a 2017 income tax return with the IRS.
Check the box that applies:
The student (and, if married, the student’s spouse) was not employed and had no income earned from work in 2017.
The student (and/or the student’s spouse if married) was employed in 2017 and has listed below the names of all
employers, the amount earned from each employer in 2017, and whether an IRS W-2 form is attached. Attach copies of all
2017 W-2 forms issued to you (and, if married, to your spouse) by employers. List every employer even if the employer did
not issue an IRS W-2 form. If more space is needed, attach a separate page with your name and IRSC ID at the top.
Example Suzy’s Auto Body Shop
2017 Amount Earned
IRS W-2 Attached?
Example Yes or No