How to answer the “Parents Filed 2015 Income Tax Return?” question when parents didn't file a joint federal tax return

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This is guidance to assist with question 80 on the paper FAFSA.

Use the table below to answer the question about whether your parents have completed their taxes when they have two different completion statuses. For example, your parents may have two different statuses if they are married but file separate tax returns, or if they report a marital status of “unmarried and both parents living together.”

If one parent… …And the other parent… Then answer the tax return filing status question:
Already completed Already completed Already completed
Already completed Will file Already completed – You will need to return to the FAFSA to update the  tax return information for the parent who indicated “Will file” after that parent completes his/her tax return
Already completed Not going to file Already completed
Will file Will file Will file - You will need to return to the FAFSA to update the tax return information for both parents after your parents complete their tax return(s)
Will file Not going to file Will file - You will need to return to the FAFSA to update the tax return information for the parent who indicated “Will file” after that parent completes his/her tax return
Not going to file Not going to file Not going to file

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