Victims of Identity Theft

Victims of Identity Theft

Victims of identity theft who cannot get a return transcript or use the DRT must call the IRS’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) or toll-free number at 800-908-4490. After the IPSU authenticates the tax filer’s identify. The student can ask the IRS to mail him or her alternate paper tax return transcript known as the TRDBV (Transcript DataBase View). If none of the aforementioned information is available to the student, the financial aid office will accept the a tax- return and with the Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) or EIN number that has been signed, stamped, typed, or printed with him or her name and address on it.

Using a tax return to complete Verification:

Acceptable Forms of Documentation :

When a DRT and return transcript is not available  students can submit a tax return for verification; this includes do-it-yourself methods, as well as completion by a tax preparer. Electronically signed  copies of tax return are also acceptable by Merryfield financial aid department as long as such signatures complies with the Electronic Signatures in Global and NAtional Commerce (ESIGN). But a signature on Form 8879, the IRS e-file Signature Authorization, is not an acceptable substitute for a signature on the tax return.

Required Verification Items:

When an applicant is selected for verification by CPS, the following five major data elements must be verified. The school may choose to verify additional data elements in accordance with consistent institutional policies.

  1. Household size
  2. Number enrolled in college
  3. Adjusted gross income (AGI)
  4. U.S. income tax paid
  5. Education credits
  6. Untaxed IRA distributions
  7. Untaxed pensions
  8. IRA deductions and payments
  9. High School completion status
  10. Identity/statement of education purpose
  11. Tax-exempt interest
  12. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps)

Verification Tolerance


To receive subsidized student aid, students or the school must submit for processing any changes resulting from verification to a non-dollar item or a single dollar item of $25 or more.
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