Parents’ 2016 Exemptions Claimed

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This is question 87 on the FAFSA.

The response indicates the number of exemptions as reported on the student’s parents’ 2016 income tax return.

If the student’s parents are “married/remarried” and filed a joint tax return, or are single, the total number of exemptions can be found on:

IRS Form Line #
1040 6d
1040A 6d

If the student’s parents used the 1040EZ and checked either the “you” or “spouse” box on line 5, they should have used EZ worksheet line F to determine the number of exemptions. If the student’s parents used the 1040EZ and didn’t check either box on line 5, the total number of exemptions claimed will be 01 if the student’s parent is single, or 02 if the student’s parents are married.

If the student’s parents’ marital status is “Married/remarried” or “Unmarried and both legal parents living together,” but filed or will file separate tax returns for 2016, add both parents' exemptions.

If the student’s parent who is providing financial information on this application is divorced, separated, or widowed, only enter the exemptions for that parent, even if he/she filed a joint tax return for 2016.

If the student is Dependent, the response cannot be blank unless the student’s parents will not file a tax return.

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