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How to file FAFSA and CSS Profile without 2012 tax returns?

sphan95sphan95 Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
I know that you can use estimates from 2011; however, my situation is a little different and it would be very difficult to estimate.

1. My parents recently got divorced so they are filing separately for 2012.
2. My dad (the custodial parent) is self employed so his income fluctuates from year to year.

I know we are supposed to use estimates, but because of these two circumstances, I don't know how accurate the estimates will be. Is it ok if I submit estimates for the CSS Profile then send in the tax returns and other documents afterwards? I need to get it in by February 1 for USC, but my dad won't be able to file taxes until the day it's due.
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Replies to: How to file FAFSA and CSS Profile without 2012 tax returns?

  • sybbie719sybbie719 Posts: 16,851Super Moderator Senior Member
    YOur father will fill out the profile for 2012 with his estimates.

    Your mom will fill out the non-custodial profile. that is where she will supply her financial information. If they need tax documents, your dad/mom can order a copy of his tax transcript from the IRS for 2011
  • MaryMac15535MaryMac15535 Posts: 33Registered User New Member
    (MaryMac15535's mom here) Since your dad can't file his 2012 taxes until the day the CSS Profile is due at USC, he'll have to do the CSS Profile with estimated figures. (I've looked at the worksheet, and it calls for income information from 2 tax years. If your dad has a feel for how last year went for his business compared to previous years, he may be able to "guesstimate" a bit for the 2012 amounts.)
    My spouse is self-employed also, so we are rushing to get our 2012 taxes filed this month. Some of the Common Application colleges our daughter has applied to have financial aid application deadlines of February 1, while others have February 15 deadlines. We will try to get everything submitted for all the schools our daughter has applied to by February 1. Although our daughter has also been accepted by 3 colleges which don't require the CSS Profile, we still want to complete the FAFSA by February 1 (as we've done the past 3 years for her older brother), to maximize availability of Federal need-based aid.
    Don't have any advice on the non-custodial parent situation, although what sybbie719 suggested sounds reasonable.
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