IRS Data Retrieval Option

  • Smarter, Faster, Better Financial Aid

    Approximately 2 weeks after filing the IRS tax return, students and parents are able to use the IRS Data Retrieval option to transfer tax information within FAFSA on the Web.  We strongly encourage you to transfer your tax information when it is requested as you complete your FAFSA online. Download helpful Smarter, Faster, Better Flyer (PDF)

    Advantages: 

    By using the IRS Data Retrieval option, you significantly lower the chances you are selected for verification which will save you time and expedite the application process.

    If your FAFSA is selected for verification and you use the IRS Data Retrieval option, you will not be required to submit any tax return documentation.

    You’re Selected for Verification and Do Not Want to Get a Tax Transcript from the IRS

    If you are being asked to submit a Tax Transcript for you and/or your spouse (if married) or parents (if dependent), you can request a Tax Transcript from the IRS (see below) or you can make a correction to your FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Option. The financial aid office will receive the corrected application and if you made no change to the IRS data, you will not need to submit a Tax Transcript.

    Click here to download the IRS Data Retrieval "Cheat Sheet" (PDF)

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    Obtaining a Tax and/or Wage & Income Transcript from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
    If your FAFSA is selected for verification and you choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Option or could not use it, you will be required to get a Tax Return Transcript and in some cases a Wage & Income Transcript from the IRS. Personal copies of tax returns and W2(s) can no longer be accepted.
    Download instructions on how to request a Tax Return Transcript (PDF)
    Download instructions on how to request a Wage and Income Transcript (PDF)
    To request a Tax or Wage and Income Transcript, click here.
    Please note: The financial aid office will not accept a Tax or Wage & Income Transcript faxed or emailed from the IRS.

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    Obtaining Documentation from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) That a Tax Return Was Not Filed

    If your FAFSA is selected for verification and you and/or your spouse (if married) or parents (if dependent), did not and was not required to file a federal tax return, you will be required to get a Verification of Nonfiling letter from the IRS. 

    Additional information about requesting a Verification of Nonfiling letter (PDF)

    Download IRS Form 4506T (PDF)

    Please note: The financial aid office will not accept a Verification of Nonfiling letter faxed or emailed from the IRS.

    For a listing of items needed to complete your financial aid file, go through MySCC Portal to WebAdvisor under Financial Aid then select My Documents. Forms are available there or on this website.