My parents are married, but filed their IRS separately.Fafsa help please!

<p>Okay so I'm question 80 on the FAFSA and it asks "What type of income tax return did your parents file for 2010?" My mom did the 1040 with me and my brother and my dad did the 1040EZ bu it only lets me pick one so what do I do? and then the second question "What was your parents' adjusted gross income for 2010?" do I add both of my parents gross income together even if they did it separately? This is so confusing please someone help me.</p>

<p>What FAFSA are you filling out? FAFSA for the 2012-2013 school year isn't available yet.</p>

<p>the one on the fafsa.ed.gov, I thought you could fill it out now, but wait to submit it on the 1st.</p>

<p>The forms will be different. For next year, you would need to add all the AGIs and select 1040.</p>

<p>okay, thank you.</p>

<p>Just one point you may want to tell your parents. If they are married filing separately they cannot claim any tuition deductions or credits (i.e. Hope). They may want to change their filing to 'joint' when they have a student in college. Here is some more info on the deductions/credits that are lost when you file separately.
Publication</a> 17 - Your Federal Income Tax (For Individuals) - Married Filing Separately</p>

<p>You add up the amounts from both returns for the lines indicated in the FAFSA instructions. What is the filing status for each parent, though? This is an area that can cause big problems with verification ...</p>

<p>And remember, you will be using your parents 2011 tax info on the 2012-2013 FAFSA, so your parents need to focus on getting their taxes done much earlier than typical. You don't have to submit the FAFSA on Jan. 1, though. Mid to late Jan is usually good timing for aid at most schools.</p>