Did you know that you can get your tax information from last year? You have three options to receive a transcript – by mail, phone, or online. Unfortunately, if you need an actual copy of a previously processed tax return, it will cost $57.00 per year. In this article, we’ll cover what you need to know in order to obtain information from the IRS. If you need more information, the IRS has this useful guide.
If you just need an online record of your filing, go to the IRS website and look for the tool labeled “Order a Transcript”. You should receive your transcript within 5 to 10 days from your request time.
To order your transcript by phone, call 800-908-9946. The recorded message will give you prompts to follow, and you will be able to order your transcripts. When ordering by phone, it will also take 5-10 days to receive your transcripts.
Usually if you’re requesting through mail, you are requesting a 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ tax return. To do this, complete IRS Form 4506T-EZ (Short Form Request for Individual Tax Return Transcript). This route also takes much longer than requesting by phone or online – you should allow 30 days for delivery.
What if I Need a Business or Partnership Return?
You must fill out Form 4506T and request the transcript by mail. If you’re not sure which form meets your needs, Forms 4506, 4506T and 4506T-EZ can be found at
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