IRS Data Retrieval Process
- Log into the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Navigate to the Financial Information section of the FAFSA and follow the instructions for the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. To have the option to use the tool, you must have already submitted your tax return data to the IRS. After a processing period of 2-4 weeks, the IRS will make your data available for retrieval.
- If the FAFSA indicates you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or you choose not to use it, you will be required to submit the IRS tax transcript (request from the IRS) along with copies of your 2012 W-2 forms. Go to www.irs.gov and under the Tools section click on "Order a Return or Tax Tanscript. Either call the number provided or click on "Order a Transcript".