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TCU Federal Verification Process – Tax Return Transcripts

 

Some FAFSAs are selected for a process called “verification.” If yours is selected, TCU is required to review your FAFSA data and may ask for additional documentation. If we’ve asked you to complete IRS Data Retrieval, click here for more information.

 

If TCU has asked you to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript, you can request a free copy online, by mail, or by phone. Call 800-908-9946 to request the transcript by phone, and expect it to be mailed to you within 8 weeks.

 

Tax transcripts are usually available about two weeks after you submit your tax return if you file taxes electronically.

 

To make your request online or by mail, go to http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript to get started.

 

Get your Tax Return Transcript online INSTANTLY!

1.       Start at http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript, and click on the “Get Transcript Online”icon.

2.       If you don’t already have an online account with the IRS, click “Create An Account.”

3.       Enter the tax filer’s first and last name and an email address and click “Send Email Confirmation Code.”  You will need to check your email, but DON’T CLOSE THE BROWSER WINDOW YOU’RE USING – open another one if you need to.

o   The email address you enter on this page does NOT have to match the email address you used when filing your tax return.

4.       It takes less than 5 minutes for the IRS to email the online confirmation code (it comes from IRS.online.services@irs.gov.) Enter the 8-digit code into the IRS screen and click “Verify Email Confirmation Code.” (NOTE: This confirmation code is only valid for 30 minutes. If you need to come back later, you can start the process over and they will send you another code at that time.)

5.       The next page asks for your identifying data (SSN, birthdate, address). Click Continue at the bottom of the page.

6.       The next screen will verify your identity by asking you some additional questions. Answer them and click Continue.

7.       You should now be at the “Get Transcript” screen. This asks what the purpose of your transcript request is. Select the first option – “Higher Education/Student Aid.” On the left, under “RETURN TRANSCRIPT,” select the year you want to receive.

o   Tip: The correct year will be the “prior year” for the FAFSA you’ve submitted recently – for example, if TCU has recently received your 2014-2015 FAFSA and asked you to send in your tax return transcript, we need the 2013 year transcript.

o   If you haven’t filed your taxes yet for the most current year, or if you’ve filed very recently, when you click the year you will get a “verification of non-filing” letter. This does not need to be sent to TCU unless we have requested it specifically because you will not file taxes.  

8.       You should now be looking at your Tax Return Transcript (it appears in a new window). You can save this as a PDF document and use TCU’s document upload process to send it securely to the TCU Financial Aid Office. If you prefer, you may save and email the document to us at financialaid@tcu.edu or fax it to 817-257-7462. Please include your TCU student ID number on all documents you send us.

 

Get your Tax Return Transcript by Mail

1.       Start at http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript, and click on the “Get Transcript by Mail” icon.

2.       Enter the primary tax filer’s SSN, birthdate, and address and click “Continue.”

3.       Select “TAX RETURN TRANSCRIPT” as the type of transcript you want, and the appropriate year, and click “Continue.”  

o   Tip: The correct year will be the “prior year” for the FAFSA you’ve submitted recently – for example, if TCU has recently received your 2014-2015 FAFSA and asked you to send in your tax return transcript, we need the 2013 year transcript.

4.       The next screen should tell you that the IRS has received your transcript request and will be mailing it to your address on file with them. They ask that you allow 5-10 days to receive it by mail.

o   If you filed jointly, and you are not listed first on your tax filing, you will get a message that there is no tax return available for you. The primary tax filer’s information (SSN, date of birth) must be used to request the transcript by mail.

o   If you haven’t filed your taxes yet for the most current year, or if you’ve filed very recently, when you click the year you will get a “verification of non-filing” letter. This does not need to be sent to TCU unless we have requested it specifically because you will not file taxes. 

5.       When you receive your Tax Return Transcript, you can scan the document and save this as a PDF on your computer and then students may securely upload documents at http://my.tcu.edu (Financial Aid à Requested Information). If you prefer, you may save and email the document to  us at financialaid@tcu.edu or fax it to 817-257-7462. Please include your TCU student ID number on all documents you send us.