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IRS Data Retrieval Tool

All students are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when filling out their FAFSA. If you submitted your FAFSA before filing your taxes, remember to go back and update your FAFSA information after your taxes are filed. 

  • Electronically-filed tax return information will be available online from the IRS site in 1-2 weeks after the return has been filed.
  • Data from paper tax returns will be available in 6-8 weeks.

Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in your FAFSA: 

  • Go to www.fafsa.gov and log in with your FSA ID and click on “Make Corrections."
  • Click on the “Financial Information” tab and follow the instructions to see if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Follow the same steps for parent information.
  • Next click the “Transfer Now” to transfer the tax information to your FAFSA. If you do not click “Transfer Now” your tax information will not transfer. Do not make changes to the tax information once the “transfer” has taken place.
  • After successfully using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, go to the “Sign and Submit” tab to submit your corrections.
  • Our office will usually receive your information in about 3 to 5 business days.

Common Errors:

  • Do not make changes to your tax and income data once the "transfer" has taken place! If any data element transferred from the IRS is changed, ALL of the "Transferred from the IRS" labels will disappear. To restore any IRS data, you must re-retrieve the information by going back to "Make Corrections" and start over. Making changes to your tax information is likely to result in you providing your tax return transcripts to our office.
  • Every time you make FAFSA corrections or changes, be sure to re-link your tax records using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Who should not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

  • Parents with all zeros for Social Security numbers
  • Students using an 888 identifier in place of a Social Security number
  • Any student or parent with a marital status date later than the first of the year
  • Any student or parent who indicates they have not yet filed, or will not file, a tax return
  • Parents with a tax status of “married filing separately”
  • Students or parents who filed an amended tax return

Check your MyAACC account for updates daily. After logging in, go to the Menu in the upper left hand corner and select “Self Services", "Credit Students", Financial Aid", and "Requested Financial Aid Documents." Once we receive a successful match, your "Requested Financial Aid Documents" list will be updated.

If you are unable to participate in the match, you will need to request a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS at www.irs.gov.