How to Answer the "Student’s Type of 2016 Tax Form Used" Question when Student and Spouse Did Not File a Joint Federal Tax Return

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This is guidance for question 33 on the FAFSA.

The table below can be used to determine the type of tax return filed if the student and spouse filed separate tax returns.

If the student filed or will file an IRS form … …and the spouse filed or will file an IRS form… Answer that the student filed or will file an IRS form:
1040 1040 1040
1040 1040A or 1040EZ 1040
1040 Foreign Tax Return 1040
1040 A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or Freely Associated State 1040
1040A or 1040EZ 1040 1040
1040A or 1040EZ 1040A or 1040EZ 1040A or 1040EZ
1040A or 1040EZ Foreign Tax Return Foreign Tax Return
1040A or 1040EZ A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or Freely Associated State 1040A or 1040EZ
Foreign Tax Return 1040 1040
Foreign Tax Return 1040A or 1040EZ Foreign Tax Return
Foreign Tax Return Foreign Tax Return Foreign Tax Return
Foreign Tax Return A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or Freely Associated State Foreign Tax Return
A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or Freely Associated State 1040 1040
A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or Freely Associated State 1040A or 1040EZ 1040A or 1040EZ
A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or Freely Associated State Foreign Tax Return Foreign Tax Return
A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or Freely Associated State A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or Freely Associated State A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or Freely Associated State

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