The verification process requires a parent(s) who does not file a federal tax return to submit an IRS letter on non-filing status to the university.
What is an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter?
An IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter will provide proof from the IRS that there is no record of a filed tax form (1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) for the year you have requested. For the 2020-2021 academic year you will be requesting a verification for the 2018 tax year.
Non-Tax filers can request an IRS Verification of Non-filing, free of charge from the IRS in one of three ways:
Please note if you filed a Puerto Rican or Foreign Income Tax return you must submit appropriate non-filing documentation from a relevant tax authority.
How to fix address matching problems when ordering the Non-filing letter online
When entering the information into the IRS address matching system, note the following:
- The address entered must match the address already on file with the IRS exactly
- The address on file is typically the address on your most recent tax return
- Spelling out the word "street" rather than using the abbreviation "st." can be enough to cause an error
- Addresses on the IRS system are auto-corrected through a United States Postal Services software and may not match what you put on your tax return
We have the following suggestions if you run into problems:
- Have your most recent tax return in front of you to enter the address carefully as it appears on your return
- If you have entered your address as it appears on your return and it does not work, try using the standardized version of your address
- If you still have problems, the IRS.gov help desk can be reached at 1-800-867-1715 (Monday through Friday) 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)