What Do the IRS Response Codes Mean?

Award Year: 2024-25 KA-36911 Helpfulness Rating 6,916 page views

This guidance is specific to the 2024-25 award year and later.

This AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&A was updated on April 3, 2024 to clarify that contributors only need to be verified when the application is selected for verification separately from these codes.

The following IRS Response Codes are used when the FUTURE Act Direct Data Exchange (FA-DDX) transfers or attempts to transfer federal tax information (FTI) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) into the FAFSA for a contributor (student, spouse, parent):

200 Successful Request FTI was successfully transferred into the FAFSA

FTI is considered verified if manual entry of tax return information is not required and Professional Judgment (PJ) Flag is not set

If manual entry of tax information is required, it will appear in the Manually Entered Financial Information ISIR block; follow verification requirements for tax filers in September 19, 2023 Federal Register only IF selected for verification

If tax information is manually entered and not needed, it will be removed

203 Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Match Failed Contributor identifiers do not match IRS records (IRS error code; unable to confirm tax identity)

FTI cannot be retrieved; if tax return data is required, it must be manually entered by the contributor

FTI cannot be used to complete verification; follow verification requirements for tax filers in September 19, 2023 Federal Register only IF selected for verification

206 Partial Delivery of Content FTI transfer incomplete (IRS error code)

FTI cannot be retrieved;  if tax return data is required, it must be manually entered by the contributor

FTI cannot be used to complete verification; follow verification requirements for tax filers in September 19, 2023 Federal Register only IF selected for verification

There will be no partial FTI and partial manual entry

212 Cannot Verify Return Data Unable to confirm tax return data (IRS error code)

FTI cannot be retrieved;  if tax return data is required, it must be manually entered by the contributor

FTI cannot be used to complete verification; follow verification requirements for tax filers in September 19, 2023 Federal Register only IF selected for verification

214 No Return on File Contributor did not file a tax return

No FTI to be retrieved; manual entry of tax information is not required for U.S. nonfilers; manual entry is required for foreign nonfilers

Follow verification requirements for nontax filers in September 19, 2023 Federal Register only IF selected for verification

Only confirms contributor did not file a tax return, not whether they were required to file a tax return

The above guidance is NASFAA's understanding based in part on the Parameter Value Edit Conditions in Volume 5 of the FAFSA Specifications Guide. NASFAA is unaware of the reasons for codes 206 and 212.

The IRS Response Codes simply indicate whether the FA-DDX was able to retrieve tax return data, and if not, as a general rule they must manually enter tax data. These codes do not indicate whether an application is selected for verification. Having one of these codes by itself does not represent conflicting information or require you to collect tax documents. You only need tax transcripts or tax returns if they're selected for verification and manually entered tax data (because of code 203, 206, or 212), or there is conflicting information in the student's file otherwise. If the FA-DDX was successful and FTI remains unchanged (there is no manually entered tax data), the tax information is already considered verified. See the September 19, 2023 Federal Register for verification requirements. Look to the comment codes and reject codes for any other documentation requirements.

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