How to Answer the “Student’s Type of 2018 Tax Form Used” Question When Student and Spouse Didn’t File a Joint Federal Tax Return

How to Answer the “Student’s Type of 2018 Tax Form Used” Question When Student and Spouse Didn’t File a Joint Federal Tax Return

This is guidance to assist with question 33 on the paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.

Use this table to determine the type of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax return filed if you and your spouse filed separate tax returns.

If the student filed or will file an IRS form...  ...and the spouse filed or will file an IRS form... Answer that you filed or will file an IRS form:
1040 1040 1040
1040 Foreign Tax Return, 1040NR, or 1040NR-EZ  1040
1040 A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, or Freely Associated State  1040
Foreign Tax Return, 1040NR, or 1040NR-EZ 1040 1040
Foreign Tax Return, 1040NR, or 1040NR-EZ Foreign Tax Return, 1040NR, or 1040NR-EZ Foreign Tax Return, 1040NR, or 1040NR-EZ
Foreign Tax Return, 1040NR, or 1040NR-EZ A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, or Freely Associated State Foreign Tax Return, 1040NR, or 1040NR-EZ
A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, or Freely Associated State 1040 1040
A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, or Freely Associated State Foreign Tax Return, 1040NR, or 1040NR-EZ Foreign Tax Return, 1040NR, or 1040NR-EZ
A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, or Freely Associated State A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, or Freely Associated State A tax return with Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, or Freely Associated State

Note: You’ll need to enter the tax return information for you and your spouse.

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