IRS Data Retrieval

Information on the IRS Data Retrieval Within FAFSA on the Web

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents who are using FAFSA on the Web and who have already submitted their federal tax return to electronically transfer their tax data from the IRS database. Within the FAFSA application, the applicant must report income information. If the applicant is a non-tax filer, then there is no IRS data to retrieve. If the student and/or spouse or student and parent(s) are tax filers, the FAFSA applicants will be presented with questions about their respective tax returns. The tax filer must answer questions to open up the IRS web application within the FAFSA on the Web. Then, with certain identifying information which the applicant provides, the IRS data can be retrieved directly into the FAFSA on the Web application. The Federal Student Aid website offers helpful tips on completing the FAFSA and using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or please view this IRS Data Retrieval Tutorial.

Do not make changes to the IRS information once it is retrieved. If you do, the data retrieval will be invalid. Unfortunately, some applicants who are tax filers cannot use the IRS data retrieval function. Those applicants are:

  1. The student/parent is married, and either the student/parent or his/her spouse filed as Married Filing Separately.

  2. The student/parent is married, and either the student/parent of his/her spouse filed as Head of Household (if marital status is single and filing status is Head of Household, the IRS DRT can be used).

  3. The parents' marital status as indicated on the FAFSA is "Unmarried and both parents living together."

  4. The student/parent filed an amended tax return.

  5. The student/parent filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return.

  6. FAFSA home address does not match the IRS DRT address.

  7. Recent tax filers.*

*In the case of number 7, the applicant can go back into FAFSA on the web and make a correction to the FAFSA, which will allow for completion of IRS data retrieval. Electronic filers should wait at least 3 weeks and paper filers should wait 11 weeks before using the IRS DRT to make this correction. The applicant would then resubmit the FAFSA. However, if these applicants do not make this correction, and if they are selected for verification, they must submit an IRS tax return transcript to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

In the case of numbers 1 – 4 and 6, the applicants selected for verification will be required to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. In the case of number 5, the applicant should report on the FAFSA the amounts (converted to U.S. dollars) from the lines on the form that correspond most closely to those on the common IRS forms. If the applicant is selected for verification, he or she would need to submit signed copies of the  2014 (for the 2015-2016 aid year) foreign tax returns with the amounts converted to U.S. dollars.


Information on the IRS Tax Return Transcript (if unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool)

All 2014 (for the 2015-2016 aid year) IRS Tax Return Transcripts submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office must be clearly marked with the student's name and UV ID. (This includes student, spouse, and parent(s) 2014 IRS Tax Return Transcripts.) Failure to mark the IRS Tax Return Transcripts with the student's name and UV ID will prevent the student from receiving their financial aid.

Tax filers can request a transcript, free of charge, of their 2014 tax return from the IRS. Tax filers can request the tax return transcript online.

Online Request

  • Available on the IRS Web site at
  • Click on “Get a Tax Transcript” under the tools menu
  • Select "Get Transcript by MAIL"
  • Review the information in the pop-up box and click "OK"
  • Enter all personal information (the primary tax payers social security number, date of birth, street address, and zip or postal code that was used on the IRS tax return) and "Continue"
  • Select Return Transcript from the "Type of Transcript" drop-down menu
  • Select the Tax Year
  • Click "Continue"

Please note that the social security number and other personal information you must enter to request your tax return transcript must be the information of the primary taxpayer. If you are not the primary taxpayer, then you cannot use your information to request the tax return transcript.

If an address change has been completed through the US Postal Service, the IRS may have the updated address on file. You can check the address at

If successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Tax Return Transcript at the address included in their online request within 5 to 10 days from the time the online request was successfully transmitted to the IRS.

IRS Tax Return Transcripts requested online cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.