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Guide to Reporting Income and Tax Information - For Students

As part of the federal verification process, the student income and tax information provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be reviewed. Below, please select the aid year in which you will be attending Kansas State University. Upon selection, determine which scenario is applicable to you (and your spouse, if applicable) and provide the information listed to the right of the scenario.

Please ensure that all documentation submitted to our office includes your name (the student’s) and your Wildcat Identification Number on each page.

2017 - 2018 Academic Year (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018)

 ScenarioItems To Complete 

I and/or my spouse (if applicable) did not file AND are not required to file a 2015 IRS Income Tax Return

I am married, but my spouse and I filed separate 2015 IRS Income Tax Returns.

  • Submit a signed 2015 IRS Income Tax Return.
  • Submit a signed copy of your spouse's 2015 IRS Income Tax Return

My marital status on the FAFSA is different than my marital status on December 31, 2015

Circumstance 1:
I got married after December 31, 2015:

Circumstance 2:
I got separated, divorced, or was widowed after December 31, 2015, and filed a joint 2015 IRS Income Tax Return:

  • Submit a signed 2015 IRS Income Tax Return and all W-2s, and other supporting documents, which could include Schedule C, Schedule F, 1099s, K-1s, etc.

Circumstance 3:
I got separated, divorced or was widowed after December 31, 2015, and did NOT file a joint 2015 tax return:

  • Submit a signed 2015 IRS Income Tax Return.

Note: If your marital status change does not fit one of the above scenarios, please contact our office for assistance.

I and/or my spouse (if applicable) filed a 2015 IRS Income Tax Return, but then amended that tax return.

  • Submit a signed 2015 IRS Income Tax Return.
  • Submit a signed copy of the 2015 amended IRS income tax return (1040X).

I and/or my spouse (if applicable) am/are a victim of IRS tax-related identity theft

  • Submit your 2015 Tax Return DataBase View (TRDBV) transcript obtained from the IRS AND
  • Submit a signed and dated statement indicating that you are a victim of IRS tax-related identity theft and that the IRS has been made aware of the tax-related identity theft. 

Note: You may inform the IRS of the tax-related identity theft and obtain a TRDBV transcript by calling the IRS’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) at 1-800-908-4490

My parent(s) filed a 2015 Foreign Tax Return or a 2015 Puerto Rican Tax Return

  • Submit a signed and translated copy of the 2015 Foreign Tax Return OR 2015 Puerto Rican Tax Return.

 None of the above scenarios apply

The verification process will not continue until you have completed one of the following:

  • Submit a signed 2015 Income Tax Return(s) that you received from the IRS.
  • Submit all W-2s, and other supporting documents, which could include Schedule C, Schedule F, 1099s, K-1s, etc.

2018 - 2019 Academic Year (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019)

 ScenarioItems To Complete 

I and/or my spouse (if applicable) did not file and are not required to file a 2016 IRS Income Tax Return

Note: Independent students (and spouse if applicable) may have additional tasks to complete including requesting a Verification of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS and/or a Tax Return Transcript

I am married, but my spouse and I filed separate 2016 IRS Income Tax Returns

My marital status on the FAFSA is different than my marital status on December 31, 2016

Circumstance 1:
I got married after December 31, 2016:

Circumstance 2:
I got separateddivorced, or was widowed after December 31, 2016, and filed a joint 2016 IRS Income Tax Return:

  • Submit your 2016 IRS Tax Return Transcript and all W-2s, and other supporting documents, which could include Schedule C, Schedule F, 1099s, K-1s, etc.

Circumstance 3:
I got separateddivorced or was widowed after December 31, 2016, and did NOT file a joint 2016 tax return:

Note: If your marital status change does not fit one of the above scenarios, please contact our office for assistance.

I and/or my spouse (if applicable) filed a 2016 IRS Income Tax Return, but then amended that tax return (1040X).

I and/or my spouse (if applicable) am/are a victim of IRS tax-related identity theft

  • Submit your 2016 Tax Return DataBase View (TRDBV) Transcript obtained from the IRS AND
  • Submit a signed and dated statement indicating that you are a victim of IRS tax-related identity theft and that the IRS has been made aware of the tax-related identity theft. 

Note: You may inform the IRS of the tax-related identity theft and obtain a TRDBV transcript by calling the IRS’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) at 1-800-908-4490

I and/or my spouse (if applicable) filed a 2016 Foreign Tax Return or a 2016 Puerto Rican Tax Return.

  • Submit a signed and translated copy of the 2016 Foreign Tax Return OR 2016 Puerto Rican Tax Return.

None of the above scenarios apply

The verification process will not continue until you have completed one of the following: