Do I need to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to complete my FAFSA?

Do I need to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to complete my FAFSA?

While not required, if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT), we highly recommend using the tool for several reasons:

  • It's the easiest way to provide your tax return information.
  • It's the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax return information.
  • It may eliminate the need to provide additional documentation to your college.

If you are ineligible or otherwise choose not to use the IRS DRT to retrieve your tax return information, your college may require your or your parents’ (if you are a dependent student) IRS tax return transcript.

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