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IRS Verification of Nonfiling Letter: How To Request

If you did not file taxes, you and/or your parents may need a “Verification of Nonfiling Letter” from the IRS.

What is an IRS Verification of Nonfiling Letter?
  • A document provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) which confirms there is no record of taxes filed for a specific person.
  • An official document to fulfill Department of Education verification requirements.
  • The letter is requested from the IRS. It is free to request and receive.
  • Typically received in 5-10 days depending on the method you use to request.
  • The letter provides proof that you did not file. It does not indicate whether you were required to file. If you have never filed taxes, you need to request by paper using the 4506-T form.
  • Request online, by phone, or by paper request (IRS Form 4506-T). Instructions below.
Request Online for Immediate Download

While this is the quickest method to obtain your Verification of Nonfiling Letter, security verification is more rigorous. You must have a bank account, credit card, etc. to verify as well as a cell phone account in your name.

  1. Visit the IRS Get Transcript website
  2. Select “Get Transcript Online”
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to verify personal information, email, financial accounts/credit card number and mobile phone number
  4. Proceed to request “Verification of Nonfiling Letter” for proper tax year
  5. Download, print, and submit via fax or in-person to Financial Aid

Note: the IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter is unavailable to request by mail on the IRS website.

Request by Paper – IRS Form – 4506-T

Download IRS Form 4506-T here.

  • Complete lines 1-4 of the form
  • Line 7: Select the checkbox on the right for “Verification of Nonfiling”
  • Line 9: In the year or period requested field, enter “12/31/20XX” where XX is the year that is being requested.
  • Sign and date form
  • Mail or fax the completed 4506-T form to the address or fax provided on page 2
  • When the letter is received by mail, typically in 5-10 days, submit to Boise State Financial Aid by fax or in-person
Request by Phone or In-Person

If you experience issues with the online Tax Return Transcript request, you may try the automated phone transcript service at 1-800-908-9946 to receive the transcript via mail. Please allow 5-10 days for delivery.

If you experience further issues, you can request an appointment with the IRS in-person by calling 1-844-545-5640 to schedule in Boise or look up your location on the IRS website.

If you did file taxes for 2018, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or request an IRS Tax Return Transcript.

Verification Update Due to IRS Delays

What to do if the IRS’ software will not let you set-up an account

  • If the IRS’ offices are opened, then you will need to make an appointment with your local office. There, you can request a letter to be printed for you.
  • If the offices are still closed or you do not live in close vicinity to one, you will need to mail or fax a 4506-T to the IRS.
    1. The 4506-T is included on this document
    2. Please fill it out completely and mail or fax it to the appropriate location based on your state of residency.
  • If 10 business days have passed since you have mailed/faxed the 4506-T and you have not received the nonfiling letter from the IRS in the mail, then you may submit a detailed statement to confirm your nonfiling status. The statement would need to include:
    1. An assertation that you attempted but were unable to receive the letter from the IRS (make sure you tried to obtain it by mailing/faxing the 4506-T)
    2. Confirmation that you did not file taxes for the specific year we are asking for
    3. Confirmation of the income you reported on your Boise State Nonfiling form
    4. A signature by you made with a pen, stylist, or mouse