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chandriae
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If a person has never filed a return is there a record of them not filing?

I need to provide a IRS Transcript to a school for in state tuition. For a non-custodial parent. The parent has never worked. I am wondering if the IRS would even have a record of them.

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rjs
Level 15
Level 15

If a person has never filed a return is there a record of them not filing?

You can get a Verification of Non-filing Letter from the IRS by filing Form 4506-T. You might also be able to get it by calling the automated transcript request line at 800-908-9946. The person who has not filed has to request the letter themselves. You cannot request a letter for someone else.

You can download Form 4506-T, including the instructions, from the following link.

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf

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TaxGuyBill
Level 9

If a person has never filed a return is there a record of them not filing?

However, I don't think that will satisfy the school.  Just because a person did not file a tax return, does not mean that person was not required to file a tax return.

It is quite possible the school will still want a tax return for that parent.  That parent may need to file a tax return (with zero income) to satisfy the financial aid department.
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SweetieJean
Level 15

If a person has never filed a return is there a record of them not filing?

Did you live with that parent?
fanfare
Level 15

If a person has never filed a return is there a record of them not filing?

I don't think you need to spend money to prepare a tax return with zero income.
chandriae
New Member

If a person has never filed a return is there a record of them not filing?

Yes, they now live with that parent.
chandriae
New Member

If a person has never filed a return is there a record of them not filing?

So I am guessing the 4506-T is attached to their Social Security Number and should show they have never filed?
rjs
Level 15
Level 15

If a person has never filed a return is there a record of them not filing?

You can get a Verification of Non-filing Letter from the IRS by filing Form 4506-T. You might also be able to get it by calling the automated transcript request line at 800-908-9946. The person who has not filed has to request the letter themselves. You cannot request a letter for someone else.

You can download Form 4506-T, including the instructions, from the following link.

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf

SweetieJean
Level 15

If a person has never filed a return is there a record of them not filing?

However, the letter does not state whether that person SHOULD have filed.
macuser_22
Level 15

If a person has never filed a return is there a record of them not filing?

If they never file then the IRS would have no record of course, since there is no record.   All the IRS can tell you is what you already know, then the IRS has no record of filing.
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
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