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Do both parents have to file taxes if "Married filed separately" but one parent has no income?
I'm going into my third year of college in California and I need to verify my parents' tax return for financial aid verification. The issue is that the financial aid office wants copy of my parents' 2017 tax return. My mom filed under "married filed separately" while my dad did not file because he was disabled and had $0 in income. I've sent them a copy of my mom's tax return. Despite mentioning that my dad was disabled and did not file his 2017 taxes due to disability and no income, they still want to see his tax return. They stated "If your parents are married and they designated "Married/filing separately" as their filing status, then both parents are required to file a tax return." Now they are asking for my parents to file an amended tax return. This would take anywhere from 12-18 weeks according to the IRS. The semester is going to start and the deadline to pay for tuition is a month away. My dad no longer lives in the U.S. and I lost connection with him. If they don't verify the tax returns, then I will not get financial aid. This will force me to take a leave of absence. Do my parents have to file for an amended tax return? Any suggestions on what I can do besides taking out loans?32 replies
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