Confirmation of Non-Filing

Confirmation of Non-Filing (IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter)

A confirmation/verification of non-filing is proof from the IRS that a person did not file a tax return for a specific tax year.

Who is required to submit this document?

A confirmation of non-filing is only required if:

  • Your 2018-2019 FAFSA has been selected for verification. Please check your ULink Financial Aid To-Do list for a 2019 Verification form. AND one of the following:
    • You are an independent student and did not file taxes for 2016, OR
    • You are the parent(s) included on your child's FAFSA and did not file taxes for 2016
      • A dependent student is not required to submit a confirmation of non-filing if he/she did not file for 2016.

If you have a 2019 Verification Form and you are an independent student or your parent(s) included on your FAFSA did not file taxes in 2016, please see the information below:

Why is this document required?

If your 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is selected for a review process called verification, and you (if independent) or your parent(s) (if dependent) did not file taxes for the 2016 tax year, the U.S. Department of Education requires you to submit an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter to your educational institution. If appropriate, a similar confirmation from another taxing authority (e.g., a U.S. territory or foreign government) is also acceptable. Please contact our office for more information regarding confirmation of non-filing from other taxing authorities.

How do I obtain the IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter for submission?

Non-tax filers can request an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter for their 2016 tax return status, free of charge, from the IRS in one of four ways: In Person, Online Request, Telephone Request, or Paper Request.

  1. In Person Request (at your local IRS office)

    • You can make an appointment at your local IRS office to request a Verification of Non-filing Letter for the tax year requested on your verification form.
      • Louisville IRS location:
        • Make appointment phone number: 844-545-5640
        • 600 Martin Luther King Pl #651, Louisville, KY 40202
      • Below is a link to the offices located in the state of KY.            
      • If you live in another state you can find your local office by going to the main IRS website.
        • Under the "Our Agency" heading at the bottom of the page click on "Contact Your Local Office"
        • Click on "Taxpayer Assistance Center Office Locator" and enter your ZIP Code to find your local IRS Office.  You may need to expand the "Mile Radius" option.
    • Please make a copy, write your student ID number on the form, and submit it to the Student Financial Aid Office with your verification form via fax, mail, or in-person. DO NOT email the form or verification of non-filing letter. 
  2. Online Request (IRS Website)

    • Available on the IRS website
    • Click the 'Get your tax record' link on the home page.
    • Click 'Get Transcript ONLINE'
      • If you have not filed taxes before or at any point you cannot validate your identity - for example you cannot provide financial verification information or you lack access to a mobile phone: please see the "in person" (option 1) or "postal mail" (option 4) options on this page for instructions.
    • Select 'Verification of Non-filing Letter' and enter the tax year requested on your verification form.
    • If successfully validated, you will be able to view your IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter that can be printed.
    • Please make a copy, write your student ID number on the form, and submit it to the Student Financial Aid Office with your verification form via fax, mail, or in-person. DO NOT email the form or verification of non-filing letter.
  3. Telephone Request (IRS Transcript Request Line)

    • Available from the IRS by calling 1-800-908-9946.
    • Follow prompts to request an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter and enter the tax year requested on your verification form.
      • If successfully validated, non-filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter at the address provided in the telephone request within 5 to 10 business days from the date of the request.
    • Please make a copy, write your student ID number on the form, and submit it to the Student Financial Aid Office with your verification form via fax, mail, or in-person. DO NOT email the form or verification of non-filing letter.
  4. Postal Mail Request (IRS request form 4506-T)

    • Use IRS Form 4506-T from the IRS website
    • From the IRS home page go to "Forms & Instructions" and choose Form 4506-T. Or, search for form 4506-T in the search bar at the top of the web page. Tips for filling out the form:
      • Complete Lines 1, 3, 4, 7 and 9
        • Line 1: Complete and use the individual's legal name (as shown on their Social Security Card) if they have never filed a tax return.
        • Line 3: Complete and enter the non-filer's street address, city, state, and ZIP code
        • Line 4: Complete if applies
        • Line 5: DO NOT have your IRS Tax Return Transcript mailed directly to the University of Louisville.
        • Line 7: Select the checkbox on the right for Verification of Non-filing.
        • Line 9: In the year or period requested field, enter '12/31/2016.'
        • The non-filer must sign and date the form and enter their telephone number.
    • Mail or fax the completed IRS form 4506-T to the address or fax number for your state provided on page 2 of form 4506-T within the 'Chart for all other transcripts.'
    • If the 4506-T information is successfully validated, non-filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter at the address provided on their request within 5 to 10 business days.
    • Please make a copy, write your student ID number on the form, and submit it to the Student Financial Aid Office with your verification form via fax, mail, or in-person. DO NOT email the form or verification of non-filing letter.