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IRS Data Retrieval Information


Eligible families can use the IRS Data Retrieval process when completing the FAFSA.  This is a process that allows FAFSA filers to link to the IRS and transfer tax return information to the FAFSA.  The Federal Department of Education and Augustana College strongly recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval process as it saves time and reduces errors.  If your taxes are filed when you complete the FAFSA, you will be prompted to use IRS Data Retrieval.  If your taxes are not yet completed, you can later upload that information when correcting your FAFSA after your taxes are filed.  Please view the following tutorial on how to use the IRS data retrieval tool. Click here to view the video

Many families may not have their tax returns completed in order to meet Augustana’s preferred deadlines.  In these instances, families can complete the FAFSA using estimated information and return to the FAFSA after taxes are filed and use IRS Data Retrieval at that time.  Selecting and linking to the IRS database will simplify and expedite the processing of your financial aid award notification. 

There are instances when the data retrieval process cannot be used, if a family did any of the following:

     Completed a paper FAFSA
     Tax filing status is filed married filing separately
     Filed amended tax return
     Filed foreign tax return
     Changed marital status after December 31

In these circumstances, or if a family chooses not to use IRS Data Retrieval, they may be required to submit an official IRS Tax Transcript.  A family can refer to the IRS Tax website link provided below to have the transcript sent to Augustana:

How to Request an IRS Tax Return Transcript

Note: Tax Returns cannot be accepted as a substitute for the IRS Tax Transcript.