How to Answer FAFSA Question #35: Form 1040A or 1040EZ Eligibility

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35. If you have filed or will file a 1040, were you eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ?
See Notes page 9.
  • Yes
  • No
  • I Don't Know

Why are they asking this information?

This question aims to determine if the student’s parents are/were eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ by examining the following factors:

  • Make less than $100,000
  • Do not itemize deductions
  • Do not receive income from a business or farm
  • Do not receive self-employment income or alimony
  • Are not required to file Schedule D for capital gains.

How to answer this question / fill out this section

You are to indicate “Yes” if it is determined that your parents could have filed one of these two forms, even if they hadn’t. The general differences between the use of the 1040, the 1040A, and the 1040EZ has to do with the amount of information within the tax return. The 1040A and 1040EZ help to make filing your tax return simpler.


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