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Filing Basics

Getting a Copy of Your Return

There are times when you may need to get a copy of a return from a prior year. You can get this by contacting the IRS by phone or mail.

Tax Return

A copy of a previously processed tax return is available for the current year and six previous calendar years. There is a $57 processing fee for each tax period you request.

Tax Return Transcript

A tax return transcript will show most line items from the tax return that you originally filed. Any changes to your return after it was originally filed will not be reflected in the transcript. Most lending institution will accept a tax return transcript to verify your income. There is no processing fee for requesting a tax return transcript.

Tax Account Transcript

A tax account transcript will show any adjustments that were made to your tax return after you originally filed it. The transcript shows only basic data, not the entire tax return. There is no processing fee for requesting a tax return transcript.

To Request Information

Phone: (800) 829-1040

Mail:

  • Tax Return Transcript: Use the IRS's online tool to order a transcript online.
  • Tax Return: Complete Form 4506 and mail it to the appropriate address on the form