So... I can't file my taxes yet because the IRS has not yet finalized some of the forms we use. I wrote to MIT, Cornell and CMU, all of whom want a copy of our tax return by Feb. 15 asking what they'd like us to do about this. I told them that I have the return ready to go but cannot file it yet, and asked if they would like me to just sent that "draft" or a prior year's completed return or what. Cornell wrote back saying they cannot accept a draft and I have to wait until I can file this year's return and then send it to them, and they will not be able to review our son's application for financial aid until they get it. I just wrote back asking if there is anything we can do about the fact that we will thus be missing the priority deadline through no fault of our own, but I'm pretty bummed about this. It sounds like they are just going to process those whose parents' tax returns don't require any of the non-finalized forms first.
I don't think there is a date released yet when the IRS promises to have the forms finalized.
Beyond contacting the financial aid offices in question, it doesn't seem that there is really anything we can do about this. Thoughts?