The IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the online FAFSA application is the fastest, easiest, most secure method of providing the required tax verification. You may log in to your FAFSA and submit a correction to use the IRS Retrieval Tool. There are certain circumstances in which your parent(s) are not eligible to use the IRS retrieval such as when your parents filed separate tax returns if married or your parent’s marital status has changed after December 31 of the tax year.
There are three ways to request a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS.
- Online at IRS.gov. Click on “Get Your Tax Record”. Make sure to request a Tax Return Transcript not a Tax Account Transcript.
- By telephone at 1-800-908-9946. Please allow 5 to 10 calendar days for delivery.
- By Mail: You can request an IRS Tax Return Transcript be mailed to you by using Form 4506-T or by going to IRS.gov and clicking the “Get Transcript by Mail” option. Make sure to request a Tax Return Transcript, not a Tax Account Transcript. Transcripts will arrive in 5 to 10 calendar days at the address the IRS has on file for you, from the date the IRS received your request.
Read a more comprehensive guide on how to request and receive a IRS Tax Return Transcript.