Why are they asking this information?
This question inquires about a student’s untaxed income and is broken out into six different categories.
How to answer this question / fill out this section
If a student had untaxed income in any of the following categories during the past year, they must check each of the appropriate boxes that apply to them:
- Payments to a tax-deferred pension and retirement savings plans: Check this box if you (and your spouse) paid towards your tax deferred pension and/or retirement savings plan from your income. These figures can be found on your W-2 statement in Box 12a through 12d, items D, E, G, H, and S. Do not include item DD. Enter the sum of these items.
- Child support received: Check the box if you (or your spouse) received child support from a non custodial parent. Then enter the amount received.
- Housing, food, and other living allowances paid to military, clergy, and others: Check this box if you (and your spouse) had received housing payments or benefits (including cash) as a member of the military, as a clergy member, or for any other career or reason. This does not include on-base housing for military. Then enter the amount received.
- Veterans’ non-education benefits: Check this box if you (and your spouse) received Disability (for veterans), Death Pension, or Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and/or VA Educational Work-Study allowances. Then enter the amount received. Do not include GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill.
- Other untaxed income not reported such as workers' compensation or disability benefits: Check this box if you have any other untaxed income which had not been reported previously, such as worker’s compensation, disability benefits, etc. Then enter the amount received.
- Money received or paid on your behalf: Check this box if you’ve received money in any fashion to help pay for expenses (education included) that has not been reported any place else on the FAFSA. You will want to report any monies given to you by a parent or relative, or third party whose financial information was not listed on this application and is not part of any type of legal support agreement. If someone who is not a parent has a 529 Plan (a deferred savings for education plan) in place for you, and you are receiving this funding to help pay your educational expenses, you will need to report this amount. Enter the amount(s) received.
In all of the above scenarios, if students are married and have a spouse, they should also report their spouse’s information on the FAFSA alongside their own.
What is Untaxed Income?
Untaxed income can be identified as any income that has been earned by a student or parent which does not appear on a Federal tax return.
Oftentimes, students may work jobs with minimal earnings (i.e. babysitting), and are not required to file a tax return. This is seen as untaxed because these earnings are not being reported to the IRS and are not having Federal or state taxes deducted from them. Even if not reported to the IRS via a tax return, these untaxed earnings still must be reported on the FAFSA.
Examples of Untaxed Income
Other than the example above, other types of untaxed income which students and/or parents may receive in a given year are: Housing, food and other living allowances paid to members of the military, clergy and others, including cash payments and cash value of benefits, child support received, veterans’ non-educational benefits, and any money received or paid on student’s behalf (not by a parent).