This is question **86** on the paper FAFSA.

If your parent uses the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and transfers his / her 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 your parents will not file a tax return.

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

If your parents filed:

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 your parents filed separate tax returns,** use the table below to calculate their total tax amount.

If one parent filed a… | …and the other parent 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 | 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 | 1040EZ | Add line 10 from both tax returns and enter the total amount |

**If one or both parents 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.**

If you are reporting information for both parents and one parent filed a federal tax return, but the other parent did not, use the line numbers from the tax return your parent filed. If neither of your parents will file a federal tax return, enter zero.

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

If your parents’ 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 your parents paid on the income that they earned from work. Your parents’ income tax amount **should not** be the same as their adjusted gross income (AGI).

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