How to Answer FAFSA Question #38: Student & Spouse's Tax Exemptions

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38. Enter your (and spouse’s) exemptions for 2018. Exemptions are on IRS Form 1040—line 6d or Form 1040A—line 6d. For Form 1040EZ, see Notes page 9.

Why are they asking this information?

This question asks about how many exemptions you (and your spouse) claimed on your tax return, if any. These exemptions are the total amount of personal and dependent exemptions you can claim that will help to reduce your overall income on which you’ll be taxed.

How to answer this question / fill out this section

You’ll need to refer to your tax return and look for the following spaces for each return:

  • IRS Form 1040 : Use Line 6d
  • IRS Form 1040A: Use Line 6d
  • IRS Form 1040EZ: if you didn't check either box on line 5, enter 1 if you are single or 2 if you are married.

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