IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The IRS DRT is available for the 2018–19 FAFSA cycle.

Beginning with the 2018-19 FAFSA cycle, your 2016 tax return information transferred from the IRS into fafsa.gov now has stronger security and privacy protections.

  • As a result, the 2016 tax information transferred from the IRS does not display on the IRS DRT web page, in the FAFSA form, or on the Student Aid Report.
  • Instead of the user's tax information being displayed, the phrase "Transferred from the IRS" appears in the appropriate fields on fafsa.gov.

The IRS DRT will not return for the 2017-18 FAFSA cycle. Students and families who need to complete the 2017-18 FAFSA form should manually enter their tax return information into the form.


The IRS Data Retrieval Tool transfers your IRS tax information directly into your FAFSA. To use the Data Retrieval Tool, complete the following steps:

  • Go to fafsa.gov and select the “Start Here” button.
  • Log in using your FSA ID.
  • Select the “Continue” or “Make a Correction” button.
  • Select the "Financial Information" tab from the top of the page.

Instructions for the parent to request the parent IRS information:

  1. Go to "Parent Financial Information" page.
  2. Answer the questions in the first box to see if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  3. If eligible, select which parent is providing information on the FAFSA.
  4. Enter the FSA ID for the parent providing the information.
  5. Click "Link to IRS".
  6. Review the information displayed and select the “Transfer My Information into the FAFSA” option.

Instructions for the student to request the student IRS information:

  1. Go to "Student Financial Information" page.
  2. Answer the questions in the first box to see if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  3. If eligible, click "Link to IRS".
  4. Review the information displayed and select the “Transfer My Information into the FAFSA” option.
  5. Proceed to the Sign and Submit page.

If you'd like to know more about the tool, FinAid offers a in depth summary on their website.