My mom's been unemployed since November 2009 and had no income for all of 2010 (She is not married, and I'm her dependent). She's currently going through the process of getting social security disability (she stopped working due to the disability, and her hearing for social security is coming up this year). She does not plan on filing a 1040, because she had no income from working in 2010. Can I get her to file one anyways? Also, if I get requested to verify family income (which I did for my incoming year to college), what would I do since she didn't fill out a 1040? I have all her documentation about her disability, if I need that (or can use it) to verify income/no employment. She also gets food stamps (social welfare-- I mention this since I think that's a FAFSA question). Her only income in 2010 was child support payments she received for me until I turned 18.
I see there's an option I can pick for the question regarding parent income and responding 'Parent will not file' (or something along those lines). Will I have to go back and revise that later, or can I go through this entire FAFSA process without a parent 1040?
Everything seemed pretty clear to me with what to do since when I filled out the FAFSA before, when it was in 2010 and based on 2009's income (when she worked). I don't know how to approach this given the new situation.