Have your parents completed a 2016 income tax return?


This is question 80 on the paper FAFSA.

This question asks whether or not your parents have filed or will file a 2016 income tax return. If your parents are now married (even if they were not married in 2016) answer this question about them as a couple. If your parents are either not married, divorced, separated, or widowed, answer this question about the parent who is reporting financial information on this application.

Select the option that indicates your parents’ 2016 income tax return filing status:

If your parents indicate they “Will file” a 2016 tax return and their 2016 income is similar to their 2015 income, use their 2015 income tax return to provide estimates for questions about their income. If their income is not similar, click Income Estimator for assistance estimating your parents’ adjusted gross income, and answer the remaining questions about their income to the best of your ability.

Once your parents file, they must correct the FAFSA, changing 1) their status from “Will file” to “Already completed,” and 2) their estimated answers to the final amounts on their 2016 tax return. They may also be eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer their tax return information into the FAFSA.

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