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  • IRS offers tips on college financial aid applications

  • IRS wants to help college bound students by minimizing time spent on the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).


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  • IRS wants to help college bound students by minimizing time spent on the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).
    Applicants can automatically transfer required tax data from their federal tax returns directly to their FAFSA form.
    Here are some tips on using the IRS DRT:
    Eligibility Criteria:  to use the IRS DRT to complete their 2012 -2013 FAFSA form, taxpayers must: have filed a federal 2011 tax return, possess a valid social security number, have a Federal Student Aid PIN (individuals who don’t have a PIN will be given the option to apply for one through the FAFSA application process), and have not changed marital status since Dec. 31, 2011.
    Exceptions:  If any of the following conditions apply to the student or parents, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool cannot be used for the 2012 FAFSA application: an amended tax return was filed for 2011, no federal tax return was filed for 2011, the federal tax filing status on the 2011 return is married filing separately or a Puerto Rican or other foreign tax return has been filed..
    Applicants, who cannot use the IRS DRT to meet college requests for verification, may need to obtain an official transcript from the IRS.  Transcripts are not available until the IRS has processed the related tax return.
    To order tax return or tax account transcripts, visit IRS.gov and select "order a transcript" or call the toll-free transcript line at (800) 908-9946.

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