How much did your spouse earn from working in 2017?

How much did your spouse earn from working in 2017?

This is question 40 on the paper FAFSA.

This question cannot be left blank if student's marital status is married.

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

  • If your spouse did not file taxes, include the information from his/her 2017 W-2 Forms – box numbers 1 + 8.
  • If you use 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 your and your spouse's earnings separately. You can use your tax return, your spouse's W-2s, or other earning statements to calculate your spouse's income earned from work. Include income that he/she 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 spouse's tax return, W-2s, or other earning statements to calculate his/her income earned from work. Include income that he/she 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.

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

If your spouse's 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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