|ALERT: On April 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education announced that for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, colleges could accept a signed 2015 tax return instead of the IRS tax return transcript that had previously been required. This change is in response to issues with the IRS tax transcript and data retrieval processes. Therefore, you may submit your signed tax return instead of the tax return transcript.|
|1. IRS Website||2. Link FAFSA to IRS||3. IRS Form 4506-T|
Below are common questions pertaining to IRS Tax Return Transcripts. If your question is not answered or you need further clarification, please contact us. This page is also available in a printer-friendly handout.
Students and/or parents that are required to submit tax information must either use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when filing the FAFSA or request a Tax Return Transcript directly from the IRS. Tax return transcripts can be requested online, through the U.S. Mail using Form 4506-T or by calling the IRS at 1-800-908-9946. Once the tax return transcript is received, submit a copy to the Financial Aid Office.
2.) Hit "OK" to the U.S. Government System is for authorized use only pop-up box
3.) Follow the on-screen prompts which will solicit information from the student and parent. Immediately below are the three screens the student/parent will be taken to. For more information on completing each screen, see steps 4-6.
4.) Complete the Order a Transcript form (first image above)
Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax ID Number (ITIN) ITINs are issued to individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have, and are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Date of birth (day, month, 4 digit year)
Street address - Use the address currently on file with the IRS. Generally this will be that address listed on the latest tax return you filed. However, if you've updated your address with the US Postal Service, the IRS should have the updated address.
Zip code - If you live in a country that has no postal code you will not be able to order transcripts online. Contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or outside the US at 267-941-1000 to order a transcript.
5.) Select the Return Transcript (middle image above) for the Type of Transcript needed and hit continue.
Amended tax returns: you must submit the tax return transcript which contains the original tax filing information and the Form 1040-X that shows the changes.
An Account Transcript should only be requested if it is specifically asked for by the Financial Aid Office.
6.) Select the Tax Year (third image above) and hit continue. For the 2013-14 school year, Buffalo State needs the 2012 Return transcript, unless otherwise specified.
7.) Receive the transcript. If the IRS is able to make a successful match based on the information entered, the transcript will be delivered TO THE TAX FILER via the US mail in 5-10 days from the time the online request was successfully transmitted. If the IRS cannot match your information, refer to question 3 below. Once you receive the transcripts, you must submit a copy to the Financial Aid Office. The transcripts are double-sided; therefore, be sure to copy/fax/scan both sides before submitting.
There is a processing delay between when taxes are filed and when the tax transcripts can be ordered. Review the statements below to ensure you have waited the appropriate length of time and that you do not owe taxes. If none of the below conditions apply to you, you will need to call the IRS to request the transcript and/or troubleshoot.
Electronic tax return submissions take about 2 weeks before they are available to request a tax transcript.
Paper tax return submissions take about 6-8 weeks.
If you owe money to the IRS (not due a refund), there is a known processing delay by the IRS.
Pay your tax liability as soon as possible and then request a tax transcript. The IRS has indicated that tax returns for tax filers that owe a balance will not have a transcript available until May or later.
Tax Return Transcript - A tax return transcript shows most line items from your tax return (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) as it was originally filed, including any accompanying forms and schedules. It does not reflect any changes you, your representative, or the IRS made after the return was filed. In many cases, a return transcript will meet the requirements of lending institutions such as those offering mortgages and for applying for student loans.
Tax Account Transcript - A tax account transcript shows any payments and any later adjustments either you or the IRS made after the tax return was filed. This transcript shows basic data, including marital status, type of return filed, adjusted gross income and taxable income.
You must submit the tax transcript and all W-2 statements (both parties) for the year indicated. The Financial Aid Office can subsequently adjust the FAFSA to include only the pertinent income (student and custodial parent). Note that proof of separate residence will also be required (utility bills, signed leases, etc.).
Victims of identity theft who cannot get a return transcript or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool must call the IRS’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) toll-free number at 800-908-4490. After the IPSU authenticates the tax filer’s identity, she can ask the IRS to mail her an alternate paper tax return transcript known as the TRDBV (Transcript DataBase View) that will look different than a regular transcript but that is official and can be used for verification.
An IRS Verification of Nonfiling Letter can be obtained online using the IRS Get Transcript service. If you are unable to obtain the letter online online for whatever reason, it must be obtained by completing and checking box 7 on the IRS Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, and mailing it to the IRS. If appropropriate, a similar confirmation from another taxing authority (e.g., a U.S. territory or a foreign government) is also acceptable.
We cannot accept the following forms in place of the IRS Verification of Nonfiling Letter:
How to Complete Form 4506-T
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