What was your parents' total income tax for 2018?

What was your parents' total income tax for 2018?

This is question 85 on the paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. 

The answer to this question may be prefilled with "Transferred from the IRS." 

This question can’t be left blank unless your parents won’t file a tax return. 

If the answer to this question isn’t prefilled, enter your parents’ total tax amount for 2018. 

Income tax paid is the total amount of IRS Form 1040-line 13 minus Schedule 2-line 46. 

See the images below that show you where to find Form 1040-line 13 and Schedule 2-line 46.

Alt text: 2018 Form 1040 with line 13 outlined

2018 Form 1040 Schedule 2 with line 46 outlined

If your parents filed separate tax returns, subtract line 46 of Schedule 2 from line 13 of IRS Form 1040 on both tax returns, add those two figures together, and enter the result.  

If one or both parents will file a federal tax return, but haven’t yet filed, estimate the amount that will appear in the lines noted above. 

If you’re reporting information for both parents and one parent filed a federal tax return, but the other parent didn’t, use the line numbers from the tax return your parent filed. If neither of your parents will file a federal tax return, enter zero. 

Note: The line numbers above are from the IRS tax form, not from the W-2 form. 

If your parents’ total income tax for 2018 is 


Ten million or more 9999999
Zero 0
A negative number  0

Round to the nearest dollar. Don’t include commas or decimal points. If your parents’ income tax amount is a negative number, enter zero. 

Note: Income tax isn’t income. It’s the amount of tax that your parents paid on the income that they earned from work. The amount you enter for your parents’ income tax amount shouldn’t be the same as their adjusted gross income. 

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