This is question **37** on the paper FAFSA.

If you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and transfer your information from the IRS into your FAFSA, the answer to this question will be pre-filled and identified as “Transferred from the IRS.”

This question **cannot** be left blank unless you will not file a tax return.

If the answer to this question is not pre-filled, enter your total tax amount for 2015.

If you filed (or if married, you and your spouse filed a joint tax return), the total tax can be found on:

IRS Form | Enter Amount From Line |
---|---|

1040 | Subtract line 46 from line 56 and enter the total |

1040A | Subtract line 36 from line 28 and enter the total |

1040EZ | 10 |

**If you and your spouse filed separate tax returns**, use the table below to calculate your total income tax.

If you filed a… | …and your spouse filed a… | Then enter the following: |
---|---|---|

1040 | 1040 | Subtract line 46 from line 56 from both tax returns and enter the total amount |

1040 | 1040A | Subtract line 46 from line 56 from the 1040 and subtract line 36 from line 28 from the 1040A and enter the total amount |

1040 | 1040EZ | Subtract line 46 from line 56 from the 1040 and add line 10 from the 1040EZ and enter the total amount |

1040A | 1040 | Subtract line 36 from line 28 from the 1040A and subtract line 46 from line 56 from the 1040 and enter the total amount |

1040A | 1040A | Subtract line 36 from line 28 from both tax returns and enter the total amount |

1040A | 1040EZ | Subtract line 36 from line 28 from the 1040A and add line 10 from the 1040EZ and enter the total amount |

1040EZ | 1040 | Add line 10 from the 1040EZ and subtract line 46 from line 56 from the 1040 and enter the total amount |

1040EZ | 1040A | Add line 10 from the 1040EZ and subtract line 36 from line 28 from the 1040A and enter the total amount |

1040EZ | 1040EZ | Add line 10 from both tax returns and enter the total amount |

**If you or your spouse will file a federal tax return, but have not yet filed, estimate the amount that will appear in the lines noted in the table above.**

**Note:** The line numbers above are from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax form, **not** from the W-2 form.

If your total tax for 2015 is:

Income Tax | Enter |
---|---|

Ten million or more | 9999999 |

Zero | 0 |

Round to the nearest dollar and do not include commas or decimal points.

**Note:** Income tax is **not** income. It is the amount of tax that you (and if married, your spouse) paid on your income earned from work. Your income tax amount **should not** be the same as your adjusted gross income (AGI).

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