Feature Articles: Taxes
How to get a copy of your tax return information
Reviewed and adapted with special
permission from the IRS by: Suzi McGarvey, Extension
Associate, HES Extension, University of Missouri
There are two easy and convenient options for obtaining copies of your
federal tax return information — tax return transcripts
and tax account transcripts — by phone or by mail.
A tax return transcript shows most line items from the tax return (Form
1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) as it was originally filed,
including any accompanying forms and schedules. It does
not reflect any changes you, your representative or the
IRS made after the return was filed. In many cases, a
return transcript will meet the requirements of lending
institutions such as those offering mortgages and
A tax account transcript shows any later adjustments either you or the
IRS made after the tax return was filed. This transcript
shows basic data, including marital status, type of
return filed, adjusted gross income and taxable income.
The IRS does not charge a fee for transcripts, which are
available for the current and three prior calendar
years. Allow two weeks for delivery.
To request either transcript:
- Phone: Call 1-800-829-1040 and follow the prompts in the recorded message
- Mail: Complete IRS Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return.
If you need a photocopy of a previously
processed tax return and attachments, complete Form
4506, Request for Copy of Tax Form, and mail it to
the IRS address listed on the form for your area.
There is a fee of $39.00 for each tax period
requested. Copies are generally available for the
current and past 6 years.
Forms 4506-T and 4506 can be found on the IRS Web site at IRS.gov or by
calling the IRS forms and publications order line at
Source: IRS TAX TIP 2006-12
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009