IRS Data Retrieval Tool Unavailable
In early March 2017, the U.S. Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service suspended the use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This is commonly used by students and parents to automatically populate the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) fields with your federal tax information.
This decision was made due to security concerns, the agencies said in a joint statement. On March 30, 2017, they announced that the tool will not be available “until extra security protections can be added” to the tool. Students and families should plan for the tool to be offline until the start of the next FAFSA season. Department of Education officials assure families and students that, despite issues with the IRS tool, the FAFSA application is safe and remains available online.
To assist you in the FAFSA filing process, Madison College is recommending that you do the following:
- Don’t delay completing your FAFSA.
- Use your 2015 tax returns to complete the 2016-2017 or 2017-18 FAFSA.
- In cases where you could be selected for verification, request a copy of your Federal Tax Return Transcript from the IRS immediately after completing the FAFSA. For instructions on how to obtain one, review the information in the Tax Return Transcript section of this page.
If you have questions on how to complete your FAFSA or need assistance contact the Financial Aid Office immediately, we are here to help.