IRS Data Retrieval Tool
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) allows students and parents who filed a U.S tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and to transfer the data directly into their FAFSA form.
If you’re eligible to use the IRS DRT, we highly recommend using the tool for several reasons:
- It's the easiest way to provide your tax return information.
- It's the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA form has accurate tax information.
- You won't need to provide a copy of your or your parents' tax returns to your college.
If you use the IRS DRT to transfer your tax return information from the IRS, the information won’t display on your FAFSA form. For your protection, the answer to each question is replaced with "Transferred from the IRS."
Students or parents who are married and filed as “Married Filing Separately,” are married and filed as “Head of Household,” or filed a Puerto Rican, foreign tax return, or an IRS Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ aren’t eligible to use the IRS DRT and will need to enter their tax return information manually.
The IRS DRT allows you to securely transfer original IRS tax return information, but not Form 1040X amended tax return information. If you filed a Form 1040X amended tax return, you might need to work with the financial aid administrator at your college or career school to ensure that any information you corrected on Form 1040X is reflected in the amounts transferred to your FAFSA form.
If you’re eligible to use the IRS DRT, select “Link To IRS” to transfer your tax return information from the IRS website into your FAFSA form. (Note: If you previously transferred your tax return information from the IRS, then the “Link To IRS” button displays once you select the "View option to link to the IRS" hyperlink.)
If you’re ineligible or otherwise choose not to use the IRS DRT to retrieve tax information, your college or career school might require a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript (or your parents’ IRS Tax Return Transcript, if you’re a dependent student).