How much did your parent earn from working in 2015?

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These are questions 88 and 89 on the paper FAFSA.

If your parent is not married and uses the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, the answer to this question will be pre-filled.

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

If your parent filed a 1040 tax return and uses 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 your parent reported in Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), if applicable.

If your parent filed or will file a tax return and does not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, enter the “wages, salaries, tips, etc.” from his/her 2015 income tax return. Also, include income that he/she earned from Federal Work-study or any other need-based employment.

If your parents filed a joint tax return, report each parent’s earnings separately. Your parents can use their W-2s or other earning statements to calculate their separate earning amounts.

For tax filers:

IRS Form Enter Amount From Lines
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.

Note: The line numbers above are from the IRS tax form, not from the W-2 form.

If your parent did not file taxes, enter the total amount of earnings from work in 2015. Add up the earnings from the W-2 form and any other earning statements.

If your parent’s 2015 income earned from work is:

Parent’s Income 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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