To provide the quickest and most accurate information students should do the following:
1) Financial aid applicants and their parents (if a dependent student) should electronically file their 2012 federal income tax returns two weeks before the 2013-2014 FAFSA is completed so that the most accurate information will be included on the application.
2) Wait two weeks to have access to the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval Process for your 2013-2014 FAFSA on the Web.
3) Complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov using the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval Process. The FAFSA should be filed by the college's priority deadlines (3/1/13 for summer 2013 and 3/15/13 for fall 2013).
A) The U.S. Department of Education has decided to streamline the financial aid application process and to make it more accurate. VIEW OUR TUTORIAL!
Therefore, all 2013-2014 FAFSA on the Web applicants, and the parents of dependent applicants, who indicate that they have filed their federal income tax returns PRIOR to completing their FAFSA and who are otherwise eligible will be directed to use the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval Process to complete their FAFSA more easily and accurately.
This simple and time saving feature allows financial aid applicants and their parents to retrieve, directly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), certain income and information from 2012 income tax returns and to automatically transfer that information to the FAFSA application.
For early FAFSA filers who indicate they have not yet filed a federal income tax return, the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval Process can and should be used thereafter as an update to the FAFSA once the 2012 tax returns are filed and the IRS data is available on the FAFSA on the Web.
IRS data retrieved by the tax filer while updating the FAFSA is considered acceptable documentation if an applicant is selected for financial aid verification, even though it was not retrieved with the initial application.
A) Applicants who choose not to use the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval Process will be informed before being allowed to proceed with the FAFSA that their applications will likely be selected for verification and if selected, they will later be required to provide documentation obtained directly from the IRS.
A) For applicants who file their tax returns electronically, information from their 2012 tax returns will be available through the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval Process in approximately two to three weeks. For applicants who file paper tax returns, it takes within six to eight weeks for information to be available through the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval Process.
A) The FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval Process becomes available after the beginning of February 2013 for applicants who have already filed 2012 federal income tax returns. FAFSA on the Web applicants may find their IRS data is not available yet based on when and how they filed their income tax returns.
In general, tax filers can expect IRS data to be available on the FAFSA on the Web in approximately two weeks for tax returns filed electronically and within six to eight weeks for paper tax returns mailed to the IRS. If an applicant needs to complete the FAFSA before filing their federal income tax returns, they should indicate on the FAFSA that they "WILL FILE" but have not yet completed their tax returns. Applicants will then need to correct their FAFSA applications once their tax returns have been filed. The U.S. Department of Education also states that some tax filers with special tax filing circumstances are ineligible to use the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval Process.
A) For early FAFSA filers (and the parents of a dependent student) who indicated they had not yet filed a 2012 federal income tax return and estimated tax information or did not initially use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, you should update your FAFSA once the 2012 tax returns are filed and the IRS data is available on the FAFSA on the Web. This is especially important for applicants selected for financial aid verification if estimated data was initially used on the FAFSA.
Updated information can be provided once a student accesses their 2013-2014 FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. You should change your and your parent’s answers on the FAFSA to reflect an “Already Completed” tax return status. Once you’ve made this change, you will need to update the information you initially reported on the FAFSA to reflect the actual information from the 2012 tax return(s). If a 2012 federal tax return was filed with the IRS, when you update the information on your FAFSA on the Web, you may be eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. With just a few simple steps, you can view information from your IRS tax return and transfer that information directly into your FAFSA.
A) NO. Beginning with the 2012-2013 award year, institutions can no longer accept copies of federal income tax returns to satisfy financial aid verification requirements. In general and in accordance with federal financial aid regulations, all applicants who have already filed their 2013-2014 FAFSA but elect to not use the IRS Data Retrieval Process will be required to support their reported FAFSA data with information obtained directly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This would include but not be limited to a 2012 IRS tax return transcript for students and their parents (if a dependent student), as well as other documentation required to verify information on the FAFSA.
A) A tax filer can request a transcript, free of charge, of their 2012 tax return from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in one of three ways (via an online request, telephone request, or a paper request form). The easiest two ways are by an online request or by a telephone request.
Instructions to request a tax return transcript are available here: Transcript Request Info.
It is required that all IRS Tax Return Transcripts be received directly by the tax filer and for all tax transcripts to be submitted to the SUNY New Paltz Office of Financial Aid in one packet. Please note that the tax filer should sign the IRS tax return transcript at the bottom of the first page.
A) If successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Tax Return Transcript at the address included in their online or telephone request, within 5 to 10 days from the time the request was successfully transmitted to the IRS. For those using a paper request form (IRS Form 4506T-EZ), tax filers can expect to receive their transcript within 5 to 10 days from the time the IRS receives and processes their signed request.
If you prefer to request your tax return transcript in person you may visit your local IRS office. Need help locating your local office? Visit this site- Local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center Contact Information for Face-to-face Tax Help.
A) The U.S. Department of Education states that some tax filers with special tax filing circumstances are ineligible to use the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval Process and may be selected for verification. The U.S. Department of Education describes tax filers as having special tax filing circumstances for verification if they:
1) Filed a joint tax return and are:
-Separated, divorced, or widowed.
-Are married to someone other than the individual included on the joint tax return.
2) Are a married independent applicant with a spouse who filed separate tax returns.
3) Are the married parents of a dependent student who filed separate tax returns.
4) Filed a foreign tax return or a tax return from Puerto Rico and therefore cannot obtain a tax transcript from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
5) Are tax filers who owe funds or filed amended IRS tax returns.
6) Are victims of identity theft.
Generally a 2012 signed IRS tax return transcript will be required for most applications with special tax filing circumstances. Please refer to IRS Tax Return Transcript Request Process regarding the steps necessary to request an IRS transcript, free of charge. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid by phone at 845-257-3250 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about additional documentation that may be required to satisfy the applicant's verification requirements.
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