How to Answer FAFSA Question #85: Parents Income Tax

FAFSA Question #85 Parents Income Tax

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For questions 84–92, if the answer is zero or the question does not apply, enter 0. Report whole dollar amounts with no cents. 

85.  Enter your parents’ income tax for 2020. Income tax amount is the total of IRS Form 1040---line 22 minus Schedule 2---line 2. If negative, enter a zero here.
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Why are they asking this information?

This question asks how much your parent/parents had paid in income taxes for the previous year.

Where to find income tax on 1040

Depending on which form they used to file their tax return, here is where they can find where these figures are located within the form:

  • IRS Form 1040: Subtract line 46 from line 56 and enter the total
  • IRS Form 1040A: Subtract line 36 from line 28 and enter the total
  • IRS Form 1040EZ: Use Line 10

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