IRS Data Retrieval Tool Back Online

The Department of Education has announced that as of June 2nd, 2017, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is once again online and available for borrowers to use when applying for income-driven repayment plans. 


The DRT It will also be immediately available when the 2018-19 FAFSA form goes online on October 1.


The Department states that new encryption protections are now in place that will keep borrower information secure. 


The tool has been unavailable since March 2017, when it was taken down to address privacy and security concerns related to the web interface. To address those concerns, the tax return information that will now be transferred will be encrypted and hidden from view on the IRS Data Retrieval Tool web page and on the online income-driven repayment plan application.


For more information on how to use this tool, visit