How much did your parent earn from working in 2018?

How much did your parent earn from working in 2018?

These are questions 86 and 87 on the paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.

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

  • If your parent didn’t file taxes, include the information from his or her 2018 W-2 Forms – box numbers 1 + 8.
  • If your parent is married and uses the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to transfer information from a joint tax return into your FAFSA form, 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 earnings. 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 isn’t married and uses the IRS DRT to transfer his or her information from the IRS into your FAFSA form, the answer to this question will be identified as "Transferred from the IRS." If your parent filed a Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), you’re required to report that information separately.
  • If your parent is single, divorced, separated or widowed; filed or will file a tax return; and doesn’t use the IRS DRT to transfer his or her information from the IRS into your FAFSA form, enter his or her total earnings from 2018. Your parent can use his or 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 don’t 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 earnings. 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, enter the combined amounts from IRS Form 1040 line 1 + Schedule 1 lines 12 + 18* + Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065).

See the image below that shows you where to find Form 1040-line 1.

2018 Form 1040 with line 1 outlined

*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 didn’t file taxes, enter the total amount of earnings from work in 2018. Add up the earnings from the W-2 forms and any other earning statements.

If your parent's 2018 income earned from work is Enter
10 million or more 9999999
Negative 10 million or less -9999999
Zero 0

Round to the nearest dollar. Don’t include commas or decimal points.

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