IRS Income Information

A tax return transcript may be available 2-3 weeks after the tax return has been filed electronically, and accepted by the IRS. Or 8-11 weeks after the tax return has been filed by paper. Copy of 1040 form is not accepted 


A tax filer will be unable to obtain an IRS tax return transcript if he or she:

  1. Has been determined by the IRS to be a victim of identity theft.
  2. Filed a tax return with Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
  3. Filed a tax return in a foreign country.

Option 1 - Using the IRS Data Retrieval 

IRS Data Retrieval Instructions

Who is NOT Eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

  1. Parents who do not have a social security number.
  2. A married, independent applicant and spouse who filed separate tax returns.
  3. The married parents of a dependent student who filed separate tax returns. 
  4. An applicant, or an applicant's parents, if they had a change in marital status after the end of the requested tax year.
  5. An applicant or parent or spouse who filed an amended tax return. In this case, submit a tax return transcript obtained from the IRS and a signed IRS form 1040X, "Amended U.S. individual tax return."
  6. Student's parents are unmarried but living together.  

OPTION 2 - IRS Online Request


OPTION 3 - Request by MAIL

(Tax Return Transcript and/or Wage and Income Transcript)

  • Mail or fax form to the IRS (fax numbers are listed on the 4506-T form).  


Transcript types and ways to order them

Verification of Non-Tax Filer (form 4506-T)


If you are unable to use the IRS data retrieval tool function on the FAFSA, or request a tax return transcript by using form 4506-T, you MUST contact the IRS by calling:

1-800-908-9946