How much did you earn from working in 2018?

How much did you earn from working in 2018?

This is question 38 on the paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.

This question can’t be left blank.

Find the scenario that best fits your tax filing status.

  • If you didn’t file taxes, include the information from your 2018 W-2 Forms – box numbers 1 + 8.
  • If you’re married and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer information from a joint tax return into your FAFSA form, you must manually enter your income earned from work. Report your and your spouse's earnings separately. You can use your tax return, W-2s, or other earning statements to calculate your income earned from work. Include income that you 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 aren’t married and use the IRS DRT to transfer your information from the IRS into your FAFSA form, the answer to this question will be identified as "Transferred from the IRS." If you filed a Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), you are required to report that information separately.
  • If you aren’t married, filed or will file a tax return, and don’t use the IRS DRT to transfer your information from the IRS into your FAFSA form, enter your total earnings from 2018. You can use your tax return, W-2s, or other earning statements to calculate your income earned from work. 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 you’re married and don’t use the IRS DRT, report your and your spouse's earnings separately. You can use your tax return, W-2s, or other earning statements to calculate your income earned from work. Include income that you 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* + Schedule K-1 (IRS Form 1065) Box 14 (Code A).

*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 you aren’t a tax filer, add up all earnings on your W-2 form(s). The total of these amounts must be reported as income earned from work.

If your 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 and don’t include commas or decimal points.

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