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As part of the verification process for financial aid, the Department of Education requires that people who do not file taxes submit an IRS letter of nonfiling status to the University. A nonfiling letter will be necessary for all parties in the custodial household (i.e. student, parent 1, parent 2, spouse) that did not file taxes.
An IRS Verification of Nonfiling Letter (VNF) will provide proof from the IRS that there is no record of a filed tax form (1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) for the year you have requested. A VNF does not provide proof that you were not required to file, only that you did not file. For any academic year in which your FAFSA is selected for verification and you reported “Will not file,” you will need to request a VNF for the prior-prior year (eg. for 2019-2020, request a VNF for 2017).
Non Tax filers can request an IRS Verification of nonfiling, free of charge from the IRS in one of three ways:
Please note: if you filed a Puerto Rican or Foreign Income Tax return you must submit appropriate nonfiling documentation from a relevant tax authority.
Available at the Internal Revenue Service Website.
PLEASE, PUT YOUR STUDENT ID NUMBER ON ALL DOCUMENTS YOU SEND TO EOU!
Download IRS Form 4506-T
When entering the information into the IRS address matching system, note the following:
We have the following suggestions if you run into problems:
from the IRS or other tax authorities, you must submit a signed statement, attesting that you attempted to obtain the VNF from the IRS or other tax authorities and were unable to obtain the required documentation.
Verification – IRS Documentation Requests, Uses, and Messaging Table
Body of instruction largely copied from Marquette University and William and Mary’s Financial Aid pages. Thank you!
Funds have been received under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to be used directly in compensating "on-campus" students for financial losses that they have, or are currently experiencing, due to COVID-19.
To request assistance for a CARES Act covered loss, please submit an application by clicking the button below.