How to Answer FAFSA Question #82: Parent’s Eligibility for Schedule 1 (Form 1040)

FAFSA Question #82 Parent’s Eligibility for Schedule 1 (Form 1040)

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82.  Did (or will) your parents file a Schedule 1 with their 2020 tax return? Answer “No” if they did not file a Schedule 1 or only filed a Schedule 1 to report: unemployment compensation, educator expenses, IRA deduction, student loan interest deduction, or Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. See Notes page 9. See Notes page 9.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't know
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Why are they asking this information?

Generally, taxpayers file a Schedule 1 to report income or adjustments to income that can't be entered directly on Form 1040. This question is used to help determine if you may be eligible to skip certain questions in the FAFSA form. The answer to this question may be prefilled with "Transferred from the IRS" when using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).

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Answer, "No" if you (and if married, your spouse) did not file a Schedule 1.

Answer "No" if you (and if married, your spouse did or will file a Schedule 1 to report only one or more of the following items:

  1. Unemployment compensation (line 7)
  2. Other income to report an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend (line 8 – may not be a
    negative value)
  3. Educator expenses (line 10)
  4. IRA deduction (line 19)
  5. Student loan interest deduction (line 20)
  6. Answer "Yes" if you (or if married, your spouse) filed or will file a Schedule 1 and reported additional income or adjustments to income on any lines other than or in addition to the five exceptions listed above.
  7. If you do not know if you filed or will file a Schedule 1, select "Don't know."

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