Completing the Verification Process
Income VerificationIRS Data Retrieval Tool: The US Department of Education has recently enhanced the FAFSA filing process to allow you and your parents to retrieve tax data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Beginning February 1, 2013, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool will allow you and your parents to upload your filed 2012 federal tax return data directly to your FAFSA. We strongly encourage you to use this tool during the initial filing or when submitting corrections to your 2013-2014 FAFSA.
Eligibility You and your parents are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool if you:If you and/or your parents are not eligible or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when updating your FAFSA and are selected for verification, the US Department of Education requires our office to collect a certified tax transcript processed by the IRS. If you and/or your parents are not eligible or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when updating your FAFSA, the US Department of Education requires our office to collect a certified tax transcript processed by the IRS. Please note that parents who are married but filing separately must submit 2 separate IRS transcripts. Transcripts are not required for those filing a foreign or Puerto Rican tax return. Transcripts may be requested by phone, online, by mail, or in person at the IRS Office in Fitchburg or Worcester. Please make sure you request a Tax Transcript. Do not request a Tax Account Transcript or Record of Account because they cannot be used for financial aid verification purposes. Please be advised that our office cannot verify your financial aid award without a tax transcript. To obtain a tax return transcript online please follow these steps:
- Filed your 2012 federal tax return with the IRS.
- Have a valid social security number.
- Have a Federal Student Aid PIN (if you do not have a PIN, you will be given the option to apply for one)
- Your marital status changed after December 31, 2012.
- You filed married filing separately.
- You filed an amended return.
- You filed a foreign tax return.
- You filed a tax return using a Tax ID Number (TIN).
- The home address on the FAFSA does not match the address on the tax return.
- Go to www.irs.gov.
- Click Order a Tax Return or Account Transcript located under Tools
- Click Order a Transcript under Step 3.
- Enter your SSN, Date of Birth, Street Address, and Zip Code.
- Click Continue.
- Select Return Transcript for Tax Year (i.e., 2012).
- Click Continue.
- Call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 (7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.).
- Tax filers must follow prompts to enter their Social Security Number and the numbers of their street address. Generally, these will be the numbers of the street address that was listed on the latest tax return filed. However, if an address change has been completed through the U.S. Postal Service, the IRS may have the updated address on file.
- Select "Option 2" to request an IRS Tax Return Transcript, and then enter "2011."
- If successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Tax Return Transcript at the address that was used in their telephone request within 5 to 10 days from the time the IRS receives the request.
- IRS Tax Return Transcripts requested by telephone cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.
- Complete Form 4506-TEZ (Request for Transcript of Tax Return).
- Form 4506-T is available online.
- Mail or fax the completed IRS Form to the appropriate address (or fax number) provided on page 2 of Form 4506T-EZ.
- Your transcript(s) will be mailed within 5 to 10 days from the IRS.