How much did your spouse earn from working in 2018?

How much did your spouse earn from working in 2018?

This is question 39 on the paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA?) form. 

This question can’t be left blank if your marital status is married. 

Find the scenario that best fits your spouse's tax filing status. 

  • If your spouse didn’t file taxes, include the information from his or her 2018 W-2 Forms – box numbers 1 + 8.  
  • If you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer information from a joint tax return into your FAFSA form, you must manually enter income earned from work. Report your and your spouse's earnings separately. You can use your tax return, your spouse's W-2s, or other earning statements to calculate your spouse's income earned from work. Include income that he or she earned from Federal Work-Study or any other need-based employment, as well as the amount reported in box 14 (Code A) of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), if applicable. 
  • If you’re married and don’t use the IRS DRT, report your and your spouse's earnings separately. You can use your spouse's tax return, W-2s, or other earning statements to calculate his or her income earned from work. Include income that he or she earned from Federal Work-Study or any other need-based employment, as well as the amount reported in box 14 (Code A) of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), if applicable.  

For tax filers, enter the combined amounts from IRS Form 1040-line 1 + Schedule 1-lines 12 + 18* + Schedule K-1 (IRS Form 1065) Box 14 (Code A). 

*Lines 12 and 18 and Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) are for tax filers who are self-employed. 

Note: If values from lines 12 or 18 or Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) are negative, treat them as zero when determining the income earned from work. 

If your spouse isn’t a tax filer, add up all earnings on your spouse's W-2 form(s). The total of these amounts must be reported as income earned from work. 

If your spouse’s 2018 income earned from work is  Enter
10 million or more 9999999
Negative 10 million or less -9999999
Zero 0

Round to the nearest dollar and don’t include commas or decimal points. 

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