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IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The Department of Education randomly selects certain FAFSA records for a process called verification. If your FAFSA record was selected there are additional forms you are required to complete in order to award you financial aid. You will know if you have been selected for verification based on a message found on your SAR. The Office will also send you emails to your NSCC email account notifying you have outstanding documentation.

One of the requirements for verification is to provide an IRS tax transcript for you and/or your parent. The FAFSA has an option to transfer the tax information into the FAFSA if you completed the current year's taxes. This is called the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This option will send the school your tax information through the FAFSA.

To successfully use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option you must:

  • Have a federal tax return filed with the IRS.
  • Have a valid social security number.

You will not be allowed to use this option if:

  • Your marital status changed after December 31.
  • You filed married filing separately.
  • You filed an amended return.
  • You filed a foreign tax return.
  • You filed a tax return using a Tax ID Number (TIN).
  • The home address on the FAFSA does not match the address on the tax return.

According to the IRS, this tool cannot be used until 1 to 2 weeks after electronically filing a tax return and 6 to 8 weeks after filing a paper tax return. If for any reason the tool does not work for you please visit How to Obtain a Tax Transcript. The tool is not available until the beginning of February.

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