Were your parents eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ?

Were your parents eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ?

This is question 83 on the paper FAFSA.

Select Yes if your parent (or both of your parents if you are reporting information for both parents):

  • Filed or will file a 1040 or a foreign tax return but were eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ
  • Filed a 1040 only to claim Lifetime Learning Tax Credit but would have otherwise been eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ
  • Filed a 1040 and were not required to file a tax return

In general, your parents are eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ if they:

  • Make less than $100,000 per year
  • Do not itemize deductions
  • Do not receive income from their own business or farm
  • Do not receive self-employment income or alimony
  • Are not required to file Schedule D for capital gains

If your parents filed a 1040 only to claim Lifetime Learning Tax Credit, and your parents would have otherwise been eligible for a 1040A or 1040EZ, your parents should answer "Yes" to this question.

If your parents filed a 1040 and were not required to file a tax return, your parents should answer "Yes" to this question.

Select No if either of your parents filed or will file a 1040 and were not eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ.

Your parents are not eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ if they:

  • Make $100,000 or more per year
  • Itemize deductions
  • Receive income from their own business or farm
  • Receive self-employment income or alimony
  • Are required to file Schedule D for capital gains

If your parents do not know if they are eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ, select Don’t know.

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