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IRS DRT will be back for 2018-2019 ... with some changes
The IRS DRT will be back for 2018-2019, with some changes. Here is some info for IRS DRT from an Electronic Announcement about the 2018-2019 FAFSA:
" ... applicants and parents will not be able to view their tax return information on the IRS DRT web page. If an applicant or parent agrees to transfer his/her data back into the FAFSA form, the applicant or parent will also not be able to view the transferred income and tax information on the FAFSA web pages. Instead of the transferred information, applicants and parents will see the words “Transferred from the IRS” in the data entry fields throughout the online FAFSA form and on the Student Aid Report (SAR). The transferred information will still be provided on ISIRs that are sent to schools and state grant agencies. Because the transferred information is not displayed, applicants and parents will be unable to make any corrections to the IRS DRT transferred items on the FAFSA form before or after submission. Institutions will continue to be able to make any necessary corrections. "
"Since applicants and parents will be unable to see the information that was transferred from the IRS, it is necessary to make changes to how IRA and pension rollovers and income earned from work are reported in the online FAFSA form.
Rollovers: If an amount greater than $0 is transferred from the IRS into the Untaxed Portions of IRA Distributions field or the Untaxed Portions of Pensions field in the FAFSA form, the applicant or parent will be required to answer a new question about whether or not that amount includes a rollover. If the applicant or parent answers “yes,” he/she will be required to provide the amount of the rollover in a new entry field. Our system will then subtract the user-reported rollover amount from the amount of the IRA or Pension distribution that was transferred from the IRS, and the result will be used in the calculation of the applicant’s expected family contribution (EFC).
Income Earned From Work: Because IRS-transferred information will not be displayed, applicants and parents who filed a joint tax return will no longer be able to transfer their combined income earned from work into the FAFSA form from the IRS DRT website. These joint filers will now be required to enter their income earned from work manually. Single applicants and single parents will continue to have their income earned from work transferred from the IRS into their FAFSA form."
"There will be a new IRS Request Flag with a value of 07 that indicates that the applicant or parent filed an amended tax return. This flag will be set when the applicant or parent links to the IRS, successfully authenticates, chooses to transfer his/her information into the FAFSA form, and the IRS determines that the tax filer has an amended return on file for the relevant tax year (2016 for the 2018–19 FAFSA). However, the income and tax information that is transferred from the IRS will be from the originally filed tax return and will not include changes that were made on the amended tax return (IRS Form 1040X)."