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Acceptable Tax Information for Verification
- Released on Jan 31, 2019
To reduce burden on students and families that have difficulty in obtaining documentation needed to verify their Free Application for Federal Student Aid/Institutional Student Information Record (FAFSA/ISIR) information, the Department of Education has provided institutions with flexibilities that may be used as part of their verification procedures. These flexibilities apply to both the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 FAFSA processing and verification cycles.
Income Tax Return – Institutions may accept as acceptable documentation a signed copy of the 2016 or 2017 income tax return, as applicable, that the tax filer submitted to the IRS or other tax authorities to verify FAFSA/ISIR income and tax return information. Institutions are reminded that tax account information obtained from the IRS through the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) that has not been changed and a transcript from the IRS or other tax authorities continues to be acceptable documentation.