How much did your parent earn from working in 2017?

How much did your parent earn from working in 2017?

These are questions 88 and 89 on the paper FAFSA.

Find the scenario that best fits your parent's tax filing status.

  • If your parent did not file taxes, include the information from his/her 2017 W-2 Forms – box numbers 1 + 8.
  • If your parent is married and uses the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to transfer information from a joint tax return into your FAFSA, you must manually enter income earned from work. Report each parent's earnings separately. Your parents can use their tax return, W-2s, or other earning statements to calculate their separate earning amounts. Include income that they earned from Federal Work-study or any other need-based employment, as well as the amount reported in box 14 (Code A) of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), if applicable.
  • If your parent is not married and uses the IRS DRT to transfer his/her information from the IRS into your FAFSA, the answer to this question will be identified as "Transferred from the IRS." If your parent filed a Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), you are required to report that information separately.
  • If your parent is single, divorced, separated or widowed; filed or will file a tax return; and does not use the IRS DRT to transfer his/her information from the IRS into your FAFSA, enter his/her total earnings from 2017. Your parent can use his/her tax return, W-2s, or other earning statements to calculate earning amounts. Include income earned from Federal Work-study or any other need-based employment, as well as the amount reported in box 14 (Code A) of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), if applicable.
  • If your parents are married, or unmarried and both legal parents live together, and they do not use the IRS DRT, report each parent's earnings separately. Your parents can use their tax return(s), W-2s, or other earning statements to calculate their separate earning amounts. Include income that they earned from Federal Work-study or any other need-based employment, as well as the amount reported in box 14 (Code A) of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), if applicable.

For tax filers:

IRS Form Enter Amount From Lines
1040 7 + 12 + 18* + Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065)
1040A 7
1040EZ 1

Tax filers who are not self-employed should only use line 7.

*Lines 12 and 18 and Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) are for tax filers who are self-employed.

Note: If values from lines 12 or 18 or Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) are negative, treat them as zero when determining the income earned from work.

Note: The line numbers above are from the IRS tax form, not from the W-2 form.

If your parent did not file taxes, enter the total amount of earnings from work in 2017. Add up the earnings from the W-2 form and any other earning statements.

If your parent's 2017 income earned from work is:

Parent's Income from Work Enter
Ten million or more 9999999
Negative ten million or less -9999999
Zero 0

Round to the nearest dollar and do not include commas or decimal points.

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