I'm trying to fill out the CSS form with my mom and I just keep getting frustrated with it. I'd really appreciate some help with the thing and I'll try my best to constrain myself from turning this post into a rant. Also, if my English is weird and not grammatically correct, apologies. I've been sitting here for far too long and my brain is melting.
"Current value of tax-deferred retirement, pension, annuity, and savings plans*" - What does it mean? I'm guessing it means the total amount of money put into the retirement plan in which case I have no idea what to input since it doesn't work like that, where I'm from. Here, after you retire you just receive some sum of money every month until you die.
In the Tax Return window in "Wages, salaries, commissions, and tips" and "Dividend income" do I type in gross or net value?
Also what should I write in "Itemize the sources and amounts for the taxes and withholdings amount entered above". I thought I just needed to specify how the money in the taxes field is spread between institutions but the box is really small, like for inputting a mere number.
My mom bought a flat. She is technically the owner of her part of the building but she still pays rent to the original property owner. Do I select "own home" and include the rent in "Monthly housing payment", or should I do something else?
"Home purchase price" - when we bought the flat there was nothing in it, (just walls, windows and a concrete floor), so we had to put a lot of money into furnishing it. Do I include the money spent on finishing the flat or just input the sum paid for the flat to the developer?
How important is it for all the numbers I input to be exact and correct? Because, the only specific, exact sums I'm sure about are income and taxes, the rest are very rough estimates. Do colleges check these things?
In the "How much does the student expect to receive from the following sources to pay for educational expenses for the 2019-20 academic year?" question, in the "Other relatives (and any other sources) to help pay for college expenses" box do I include the non-custodial parent?