The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is unavailable at this time. We regret any inconvenience.
To fill out a FAFSA, you can manually input your tax information. Remember, if you’re filling out the 2017–18 FAFSA form, your 2015 tax information is required (not 2016).
Politico reported that the IRS and the Education Department confirmed that the tool was shut off because of concerns that the data being used by identity thieves. According to Politico the IRS and the Education Department joint statement said the action was “a precautionary step following concerns that information from the tool could potentially be misused by identity thieves.” The tool could be “unavailable for several weeks.”
The absence of the tool means that students will have to enter the IRS data themselves. Until now, the tool has been available for seven years.