How much did you earn from working in 2017?

How much did you earn from working in 2017?

This is question 39 on the paper FAFSA.

This question cannot be left blank.

Find the scenario that best fits your tax filing status.

  • If you did not file taxes, include the information from your 2017 W-2 Forms – box numbers 1 + 8.
  • If you are married and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to transfer information from a joint tax return into your FAFSA, you must manually enter your income earned from work. Report your and your spouse's earnings separately. You can use your tax return, W-2s, or other earning statements to calculate your income earned from work. Include income that you 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 you are not married and use the IRS DRT to transfer your information from the IRS into your FAFSA, the answer to this question will be identified as "Transferred from the IRS." If you filed a Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), you are required to report that information separately.
  • If you are not married, filed or will file a tax return, and do not use the IRS DRT to transfer your information from the IRS into your FAFSA, enter your total earnings from 2017. You can use your tax return, W-2s, or other earning statements to calculate your income earned from work. 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 you are married and do not use the IRS DRT, report your and your spouse's earnings separately. You can use your tax return, W-2s, or other earning statements to calculate your income earned from work. Include income that you 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 you filed:

IRS Form Use Line
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.

If you are not a tax filer, add up all earnings on your W-2 form(s). The total of these amounts must be reported as income earned from work.

If your 2017 income earned from work is:

Income Earned 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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