Why can’t I use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool if I filed a tax return outside the U.S.?

Why can’t I use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool if I filed a tax return outside the U.S.?

If you didn't file a Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax return or you filed an IRS Form 1040-NR or 1040NR-EZ, you can't use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool because there is no information on file with the IRS for you to transfer.

If you filed both a Federal IRS tax return and a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return, you'll only be able to transfer your Federal IRS tax return information if you link to the IRS website. 

Caution: Your IRS tax return information might not completely reflect what you need to report on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.

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