How to Request IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter

As part of the new verification process for financial aid, it is required that people who do not file taxes submit an IRS letter of non-filing status to the University. A non-filing letter will be necessary for all parties in the household (student, parent 1, parent 2, etc) that did not file taxes.

What is an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter?

An IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter provides proof that the IRS has no record of a filed Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ for the year you requested.

Non Tax filers can request an IRS Verification of Non-filing of their 2016 tax return status, free of charge, from the IRS in one of three ways:

Note: If you typically would have filed a Puerto Rican or Foreign Income Tax Return you must submit appropriate non-filing documentation from a relevant tax authority.

Online Request


This is typically not available if you have never filed taxes before in prior years. If this is the case, please use the paper request process detailed below.

 

  • Visit the IRS Website
  • Click “Get Transcript ONLINE” (If at any point, you cannot validate your identity – for example, you cannot provide financial verification information or you lack access to a mobile phone – you may use Get Transcript by MAIL, see below)
  • Enter the non filer’s Social Security Number, email address, filing status, account numbers for loan or credit card associated with your name, and mobile phone associated with your name.
  • Click “Continue”
  • Select "Verification of Non-filing Letter " and in the Tax Year field, select "2016".
  • If successfully validated, you will be able to view your IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter.
  • Sign the IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter.  Make sure to include the student’s name and Student ID number on the letter.
  • Upload the document when prompted when submitting Verification online from MyUNT.

Telephone Request


This is typically not available if you have never filed taxes before in prior years. If this is the case, please use the paper request process detailed below.

 

  • Call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946
  • Non filers must follow prompts to enter their social security number and the numbers in their street address. Generally this will be numbers of the street address that was listed on the latest tax return filed. (Problems entering your street address?)
  • Select "Option 2" to request an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter and then enter "2016".
  • If successfully validated, non filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter at the address provided in their telephone request within 5 to 10 days from the time of the request.
  • IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter requested by telephone cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.
  • Sign the IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter.  Make sure to include the student’s name and Student ID number on the letter.
  • Upload the document when prompted when submitting Verification online from MyUNT.

Paper Request Form – IRS Form 4506-T

  • Download IRS Form 4506-T
  • Complete lines 1 – 4, following the instructions on page 2 of the form.
  • Line 3: enter the non filer's street address and zip or postal code. Use the address currently on file with the IRS. (Problems entering your street address?)
  • Line 5 provides non filers with the option to have their IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter mailed directly to a third party by the IRS. Do not have your IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter sent directly to UNT.
  • Line 7: Select the checkbox on the right hand side for Verification of Nonfiling.
  • Line 9: Year or period requested field, enter "12/31/2016".
  • The non filer must sign and date the form and enter their telephone number. Only one signature is required when requesting a joint IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter.
  • Make sure you check the box which starts with "Signatory attests that he/she has read..." otherwise the form will not be processed. 
  • Mail or fax the completed IRS Form 4506-T to the address (or FAX number) provided on page 2 of Form 4506-T.
  • If the 4506-T information is successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter at the address provided on their request within 5 to 10 days.
  • Sign the IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter.  Make sure to include the student’s name and Student ID number on the letter.
  • Upload the document when prompted when submitting Verification online from MyUNT.

How to fix address matching problems when ordering 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 post office program and may not match what you put on your tax return.

We suggest the following if you run into problems:

  • Have your taxes in front of you and enter the address carefully as it is on your return.
  • If you entered your address as it appears on your return and it doesn’t work, try using the standardized version of your address.
    • To get a standardized version of your address: 1) go to www.usps.com 2) Click Look Up a Zip Code 3) Enter Street Address, City, State 4) Click Find
  • If you still have problems, the IRS.gov Website Help Desk can be reached toll-free at 1-800-876-1715, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).