How to answer the “Parents’ Type of 2016 Tax Form Used” question when parents didn’t file a joint federal tax return

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This is guidance to assist with question 81 on the paper FAFSA.

Use this table to determine the type of tax return filed if your 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 your 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

Note: You will need to enter the tax return information for each parent.

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