How to Answer the “Parents’ Type of 2016 Tax Form Used” Question when Parents Did Not File a Joint Federal Tax Return

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This is guidance for question 81 on the paper FAFSA.

The table below can be used to determine the type of tax return filed if the student’s parents filed two separate tax returns.

If one parent filed or will file an IRS form … …and the other parent filed or will file an IRS form… Answer that the parents 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 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 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 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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