How much did you earn from working in 2015?

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This is question 39 on the paper FAFSA.

This question cannot be left blank.

If you are not married and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, the answer to this question will be pre-filled.

If you are married and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, your and your spouse’s total income earned from working is transferred from the IRS. You are required to enter your portion of the transferred amount.

If you filed a 1040 tax return and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, tax information from IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) is not transferred from the IRS. You are required to enter the amount that you reported in Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), if applicable.

If you filed or will file a tax return and do not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, include the “wages, salaries, tips, etc.” from your 2015 income tax return. If the amount is on a joint tax return, report your earnings separately from your spouse’s.

If you filed:

IRS Form Use Line
1040 7 + 12 + 18* + Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065)
1040A 7
1040EZ 1

Tax filers who are not self-employed should only use line 7.

*Lines 12 and 18 and Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) are for tax filers who are self-employed.

Note: If values from lines 12 or 18 or Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) are negative, treat them as zero when determining the income earned from work.

If you are not a tax filer, add up all earnings on your W-2 form(s). The total of these amounts must be reported as income earned from work.

If your 2015 income earned from work is:

Income Earned from Work Enter
Ten million or more 9999999
Negative ten million or less -9999999
Zero 0

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

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