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IRS Data Retrieval Tool

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Remember, you will use your 2021 tax information for the 2023-2024 FAFSA.

The U.S. Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service have worked together to develop an automated tax information upload process called the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This process simplifies the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by allowing your tax information to be updated directly from the IRS. It is a streamlined experience and expedites the processing of your financial aid application. 

Due to changes in the U.S. Department of Education privacy policy, you will not be able to see the tax information that is updated into your FAFSA when you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Only the school will be able to see what was reported. 

To successfully use IRS Data Retrieval Option you must:

  • Have a federal tax return filed with the IRS
  • Have a valid social security number
  • Have a Federal Student Aid Identification Number (FSA ID)

You will be UNABLE to use IRS Data Retrieval Option if:

  • Your marital status changes after December 31, 2021
  • You filed “married filing separately”
  • You filed a foreign tax return

If your FAFSA is selected for verification and you chose NOT to use this option, or you changed the IRS data, you will be required to request a tax transcript from the IRS and submit it to the financial aid office. Personal copies of tax returns can no longer be accepted.

Request a Tax Transcript


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.

Use the IRS Data Retrieval Option • Expedite the Process • Less Stress