Beginning February 1, 2012, students and parents who have submitted their 2011 IRS tax return will be able to select the IRS Data Retrieval option on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to transfer tax information to the FAFSA. We strongly encourage you to select this option during the initial filing or when subsequent corrections are made to your 2012-2013 FAFSA. This option will streamline and expedite the processing of your financial aid application, provided the information retrieved is unaltered. Not utilizing the Data Retrieval option may increase the possibility of verification and require the submission of an official IRS tax transcript to the financial aid office.
To successfully use this option you must:
You will be unable to use this option if:
According to the IRS, electronically filed tax return information will be available online from the IRS site in 1-2 weeks after the return has been filed. Data from paper returns will be available in 6-8 weeks.
If on the FAFSA you listed your tax filing status as "Will File" because you had not yet filed a return, please remember to change this status to "Already Filed" and select the IRS Data Retrieval option once you have actually submitted a federal tax return to the IRS.
If your FAFSA is selected for verification, and you chose not to use the data retrieval option, you altered the IRS data, or were unable to use the IRS data retrieval due to filing status, you will be required to request a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS and submit it to the Financial Assistance Department.
If you submitted an amended tax return, an Account Summary Transcript will be required in addition to the Tax Return Transcript.
COPIES OF SIGNED TAX RETURNS CAN NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED FOR 2012-2013 VERIFICATION.
Tax filers can request a transcript of their 2011 taxes free of charge from the IRS online, by phone, or by mail.
To find out how, click here.