Have your parents completed a 2018 income tax return?
This is question 79 on the paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.
This question asks whether your parents have filed or will file a 2018 income tax return. If your parents are now married (even if they weren’t married in 2018), answer this question about them as a couple. If your parents aren’t married, divorced, separated, or widowed, answer this question about the parent who is reporting financial information on this application.
Select the option that indicates your parents’ 2018 income tax return filing status:
- Already completed
- Will file
- Not going to file
If your parents indicate they “Will file” a 2018 tax return, use estimated tax information. Select the “Income Estimator” button for assistance estimating your parents’ adjusted gross income, and answer the remaining questions about their income to the best of your ability.
Once your parents file, they must correct the FAFSA form by changing their
- status from “Will file” to “Already completed;” and
- estimated answers to the final amounts on their 2018 tax return.
They might also be eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer their tax return information into the FAFSA form.