How to Answer the “Student Filed 2018 Income Tax Return?” Question When Student and Spouse Didn’t File a Joint Federal Tax Return

How to Answer the “Student Filed 2018 Income Tax Return?” Question When Student and Spouse Didn’t File a Joint Federal Tax Return

This is guidance to assist with question 32 on the paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.

If you’re married, use the table below to answer the question about whether you’ve completed your taxes when you and your spouse have two different completion statuses. For example, you might have two different statuses if you file taxes separately from your spouse.

If you... ...and your spouse... Then answer the tax return filing status question with the following:
Already completed Already completed Already completed
Already completed Will file Already completed—You’ll need to return to the FAFSA form to update the tax return information for your spouse after your spouse completes his or her tax return.
Already completed Not going to file Already completed
Will file Will file Will file—You’ll need to return to the FAFSA form to update the tax return information for you and your spouse after you complete your tax return(s).
Will file Not going to file Will file—You’ll need to return to the FAFSA form to update your tax return information after you complete your tax return.
Will file Already completed Already completed—You’ll need to return to the FAFSA form to update your tax return information after you complete your tax return.
Not going to file Already completed Already completed
Not going to file Will file Will file—You’ll need to return to the FAFSA form to update the tax return information for your spouse after your spouse completes his or her tax return.
Not going to file Not going to file Not going to file

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