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Verification

Verification is a process initiated either by the U.S. Department of Education or by the Financial Aid office requiring you to submit a Verification Worksheet.  If your application is selected for verification, you will not be eligible for federal aid until this process is finalized. To avoid unnecessary delays, please submit all required documents promptly.

There are 2 options for submitting tax transcripts and/or other required documents to the Enrollment Services Financial Aid Office:

  • 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.ed.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

    Some schools may require you to complete your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, but it is optional for URI

  • Amended Tax Return

    Students or parents who file an amended return (IRS Form 1040X) cannot use the IRS DRT, and if they amend the return after using the DRT to fill out the FAFSA, you cannot rely on that data.  Instead, you will need to use information from the following documents to complete verification:

    1. An IRS tax return transcript that includes information from the original tax return OR any other IRS tax transcript that includes all income and tax information from the original tax return required for verification (neither of which has to be signed) signed copy of the original tax return that was filed, or a tax return transcript (which does not have to be signed); and
    2. A signed copy of the 1040X form that was filed with the IRS.
  • Update August 2016 — For updated information, please see Secure Access: How to Register for Certain Online Self-Help Tools.

    June 2016                                                                                        

    The IRS recently enhanced its e-authentication procedures required to register and use certain self-help tools on IRS.gov. This is a more rigorous e-authentication process than IRS has used in the past. It is in line with federal information security standards and the latest industry practices used by major financial institutions as well as many other large businesses.

    We continue to support multiple options for those taxpayers who may be unable to access online features, and will continue to look for ways to expand options for all taxpayers.

    The new e-authentication procedures currently are being applied to Get Transcript Online. The new procedures are scheduled to be applied to some other tools, such as Get an Identity Protection PIN, later this year.

    Here’s what new users need to get started:

    • A readily available email address;
    • Your Social Security number;
    • Your filing status and address from your last-filed tax return;
    • Access to certain account numbers for either:
      • credit card, or
      • home mortgage loan, or
      • home equity (second mortgage) loan, or
      • home equity line of credit (HELOC), or
      • car loan
    • A readily available mobile phone. Only U.S-based mobile phones may be used. Your name must be associated with the mobile phone account. Landlines, Skype, Google Voice or similar virtual phones as well as phones associated with pay-as-you-go plans cannot be used;
    • If you have a “credit freeze” on your credit records through Equifax, it must be temporarily lifted before you can successfully complete this process.

    Because this process involves verification using financial records, there may be a “soft notice” placed on your credit report. This notice does not affect your credit score.

    To securely access Get Transcript Online, first-time users must:

    • Submit their name and email address to receive a confirmation code;
    • Enter the emailed confirmation code;
    • Provide their SSN, date of birth, filing status and address on the last filed tax return;
    • Provide some financial account information for verification such as the last eight digits of their credit card number or car loan number or home mortgage account number or home equity (second mortgage) loan number;
    • Enter a mobile phone number to receive a six-digit activation code via text message;
    • Enter the activation code;
    • Create username and password, create a site phrase and select a site image.

    Returning taxpayers who have not completed the new secure access process:

    • Log in with an existing username and password;
    • Submit financial account information for verification, for example, the last eight digits of a credit card number or car loan number or home mortgage account number or home equity (second mortgage) loan account number;
    • Submit a mobile phone number to receive an activation code via text;
    • Enter the activation code.

    Returning taxpayers who have completed the new secure access process:

    • Log in with an existing username and password;
    • Receive a security code text via mobile phone provided with account set up;
    • Enter the security code into secure access.

    If at any point, you cannot validate your identity – for example, you cannot provide financial verification information or you lack access to a mobile phone – you may use Get Transcript by Mail.

    Get Transcript by Mail allows you to go online and select a return or account transcript type to be mailed to your address of record and delivered within five to 10 days. You may also call 1-800-908-9946 to order these transcripts by phone.

     

  • How to Request IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter, 2017-18

    What is an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter?

    An IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter – provides proof that the IRS has no record of a filed Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ for the year you requested.

    Non Tax filers can request an IRS Verification of Non-filing of their 2015 tax return status, free of charge, from the IRS in one of three ways:

    • Online
    • By Telephone
    • By Paper

    Note: If you filed a Puerto Rican or Foreign Income Tax Return you must submit appropriate non-filing documentation from a relevant tax authority.

    If you have trouble entering your street address into an online form, try the address matching suggestion below

     

     Online Request

    Available at www.irs.gov

    • Under Tools, click “Get a tax transcript”
    • Click “Get Transcript ONLINE” (If at any point, you cannot validate your identity – for example, you cannot provide financial verification information or you lack access to a mobile phone – you may use Get Transcript by MAIL, see below)
    • Enter the Non-filer’s Social Security Number, email address, filing status, account numbers for loan or credit card associated with your name, and mobile phone associated with your name.
    • Click “Continue”
    • Select “Verification of Non-filing Letter “ and in the Tax Year field, select “2015“.
    • If successfully validated, you will be able to view your IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter.
    • Sign and submit the IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter to Enrollment Services; make sure to include the student’s name and URI ID on the letter.

    OR

    • Under Tools, click “Get Transcript of Your Tax Records”
    • Click “Get Transcript by MAIL”
    • Enter the non filer’s Social Security Number, date of birth, street address, and zip or postal code. Use the address currently on file with the IRS. Click “Continue”
    • Select “Verification of Non-filing Letter “ and in the Tax Year field, select “2015”.
    • If successfully validated, non filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter at the address included in their online request within 5 to 10 days.
    • Sign and submit the IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter to Enrollment Services; make sure to include the student’s name and URI ID on the letter.

    Telephone Request

    Available from the IRS by calling 1-800-908-9946

    • Tax filers must follow prompts to enter their social security number and the numbers in their street address. Generally this will be numbers of the street address that was listed on the latest tax return filed.
    • Select “Option 2” to request an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter and then enter “2015“.
    • If successfully validated, non filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter at the address provided in their telephone request within 5 to 10 days from the time of the request.
    • IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter requested by telephone cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.
    • Sign and submit the IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter to Enrollment Services; make sure to include the student’s name and URI ID on the letter.

    Paper Request Form – IRS Form 4506-T

    Download IRS Form 4506-T at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf 

    • Complete lines 1 – 4, following the instructions on page 2 of the form.
    • Line 3: enter the non filer’s street address and zip or postal code. Use the address currently on file with the IRS.
    • Line 5 provides non filers with the option to have their IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter mailed directly to a third party by the IRS. Do not have your IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter sent directly to URI.
    • Line 7: Select the checkbox on the right hand side for Verification of Nonfiling.
    • Line 9: Year or period requested field, enter “12/31/2015”.
    • The non filer must sign and date the form and enter their telephone number. Only one signature is required when requesting a joint IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter.
    • Mail or fax the completed IRS Form 4506-T to the address (or FAX number) provided on page 2 of Form 4506-T.
    • If the 4506-T information is successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter at the address provided on their request within 5 to 10 days.
    • Sign and submit the IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter to Enrollment Services; make sure to include the student’s name and URI ID on the letter.

    How to fix address matching problems when ordering online

    When entering the information into the IRS address matching system note the following:

    • The address entered must match the address already on file with the IRS exactly.
    • The address on file is typically the address on your most recent tax return.
    • Spelling out the word “street” rather than using the abbreviation “st.” can be enough to cause an error.
    • Addresses on the IRS system are auto-corrected through a post office program and may not match what you put on your tax return.

    We suggest the following if you run into problems:

    • Have your taxes in front of you and enter the address carefully as it is on your return.
    • If you entered your address as it appears on your return and it doesn’t work, try using the standardized version of your address.
      • To get a standardized version of your address: 1) go to www.usps.com 2) Click Look Up a Zip Code 3) Enter Street Address, City, State 4) Click Find
    • If you still have problems, the IRS.gov Website Help Desk can be reached toll-free at 1-800-876-1715, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
  • Question: Since a Social Security Number, an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), or an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is required to obtain a verification of nonfiling from the IRS, how can a nontax filer without one of these identifiers meet the verification requirement to obtain confirmation of nonfiling from the IRS?

    Also, if an individual has NEVER filed taxes and therefore has no address record with the IRS, how can they obtain a Non-filing letter?

    Answer:  We are aware of circumstances where one or both of the parents of a dependent student, or the spouse of an independent student, does not have a Social Security Number, an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, an Employer Identification Number, or has NEVER filed taxes with the IRS,  and therefore is unable to obtain a verification of nonfiling from the IRS. Individuals in these cases and whose income is below the IRS filing threshold must submit to the institution:

    1. A signed and dated statement–

    • Certifying that the individual(s) does not have a Social Security Number, an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or an Employer Identification Number; or has never filed taxes with the IRS, and
    • Listing the sources and amounts of earnings, other income, and resources that supported the individual(s) for the appropriate tax year; and
    1. If applicable, a copy of IRS Form W–2 for each source of employment income received for the appropriate tax year or an equivalent document.

      Note:Individuals who submit W-2s that total a gross income that equals or exceeds the IRS tax filing threshold must request a Social Security Number, an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or an Employer Identification Number and file an income tax return before the student is eligible to receive Title IV aid.

     

  • When the IRS determines that a tax filer has been, or likely was, a victim of identity theft, it will not allow that tax filer to obtain tax information through the use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or to receive an IRS Tax Return Transcript until the matter has been resolved by the IRS. Resolution could take up to a year, depending on the complexity of the case.

    Therefore, in instances when the tax filer has been the victim of identity theft, the institution may accept for verification purposes:

    • A Tax Return DataBase View (TRDBV) transcript obtained from the IRS; and
    • A statement signed and dated by the tax filer indicating that they were victims of IRS tax-related identity theft and that the IRS has been made aware of the tax-related identity theft.
    • If the tax filer had submitted to the IRS an IRS Form 14039 “Identity Theft Affidavit,” a copy of that signed form must be submitted to the institution with the signed copy of the paper tax return.
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