In May 2022 the Department of Education extended flexibilities related to verification requirements that had been put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Most colleges and universities should not be requiring the Verification of Non-Filing for the 2022-2023 award year from students who did not file a tax return for the requested year.
If a student is required to submit this information, however, here are a few things to know:
- Even if you had no or very little income you can file a tax return. You may be eligible for certain tax rebates if you file. Visit the IRS website for free tax prep help.
- The FAFSA/CADAA uses “prior-prior” year tax data, so if a FAFSA or CADAA is completed during the 2021/2022 school year for the 2022/2023 award year, 2020 tax information would be requested.
- The VNF is not an indication that the person is not required to file a return, just that they did not file one.
- For students who are independent based on foster care status, guidance from the US Department of Education (DOE) allows institutions to accept a signed statement that the student earned less than the amount that triggers the requirement for taxpayers to file tax returns.