How to Answer FAFSA Question #86: Parents Income Tax

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86.  Enter your parents’ income tax for 2017. Income tax amount is on IRS Form 1040—line 56 minus line 46; 1040A—line 28 minus line 36; or 1040EZ—line 10.
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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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