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IRS Data Retrieval for FAFSA
All financial aid applicants are encouraged to file federal income tax returns for applicant or parent or spouse, as applicable prior to completing the 2012-13 FAFSA. This will allow you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process when initially completing the FAFSA which will provide you with the fastest, easiest, and most secure solution for meeting verification requirements, if applicable. The IRS Data Retrieval Process may also be used with the corrections functionality of FAFSA on the Web after you initially file the FAFSA. Please note that students who do not use the IRS Data Retrieval Process when initially completing the FAFSA will be more likely to be selected for verification. Re: IRS Data Retrieval availability, please allow two weeks after filing taxes electronically and six-eight weeks after filing by paper.
In general, all applicants who elect not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process will be subject to being selected for verification based upon the risk they pose to federal funds and, if they are selected, will be required to support their reported FAFSA data with information obtained directly from the IRS.
There are some situations where an applicant will not be eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval. These situations include but are not limited to married couples who file separate tax returns and applicants whose marital status has changed since January 1 of the processing year.