IRS Data Retrieval Tool

FAFSA Alert!

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is Currently unavailable to Students and families completing the FAFSA.

If you are currently completing the FAFSA, we highly recommend you manually enter your information. If you need a copy of your 2015 tax return:

Contact your tax preparer or check your tax software used to prepare your return

Request a 2015 tax transcript from the IRS and use that information to manually complete

the fields in the FAFSA.Please do not send us a tax transcript unless we've requested it from you

If we have requested a copy of your tax transcripts, you may obtain a copy of your tax transcripts by following the instructions below:

Select 'Get Transcript Online' at

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript

or

Select 'Get Transcript by Mail' at

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript

or 

Call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946

We will continue to provide more information about the IRS DRT as it becomes available.

If you have any questions please contact us at vcfinancialaid@vcccd.edu

This image outlines the steps to using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The same steps are listed on the page under the Section "How do I use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?".

How do I use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

You may use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool two-three weeks after you and/or your parents have electronically filed taxes or eight weeks after you and/or your parents have filed taxes by mail.

Instructions for IRS Data Retrieval on your FAFSA

  1. Log into www.fafsa.gov
  2. Click on “Make FAFSA Corrections”
  3. Click on “Financial Information” tab
  4. Correct “Will File” to “Already Completed”
  5. If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, click Link to IRS and OK
  6. On the IRS Web site (www.IRS.gov) enter the requested information and click Submit
  7. Click on the box under the “Transfer My Tax Information into the FAFSA” and then click Transfer Now
  8. You should receive the message “You have successfully transferred your 2015 tax information”
  9. Complete all steps and electronically sign (dependent students must have PIN for themselves as well as for a parent) and Submit your FAFSA
  10. Your FAFSA is successfully submitted once you have received a confirmation number

How can we help you?

If you need further assistance, please visit the Financial Aid Office.