How do I request a copy of my tax return for last year?
If you need an exact copy of a previously filed and processed return and
all attachments (including Form W-2 (PDF)), you must
complete Form 4506 (PDF), Request for Copy
of Tax Return and mail it to the IRS address in the instructions along
with a $39 fee for each tax year requested. Copies are generally available
for returns filed in the current and past 6 years.
In cases where an exact copy of the return is not needed, tax return and
transcripts may be ordered. The tax return transcript shows most line items
contained on the return as it was originally filed, including any accompanying
forms and schedules. In most cases, a tax return transcript will meet the
requirements for lending institutions for mortgage verification purposes.
The transcript can be ordered by completing a Form 4506-T (PDF) or calling (800) 829-1040 and following the prompts in the recorded
message. There is no charge for the transcript and you should receive it in
10 business days from the time we receive your request. Tax return transcripts
are generally available for the current and past three years. If you need
a statement of your tax account which shows changes that you or the IRS made
after the original return was filed, you must request a "Tax Account Transcript".
This transcript shows basic data including marital status, type of return
filed, adjusted gross income, taxable income, payments and adjustments made
on your account. Tax return and account transcripts are generally available
for the current and past 3 years.
Form 4506-T (PDF) can also be used to get proof
from the IRS that you did not file a tax return for a particular tax year.
Forms can be downloaded at Forms & Pubs or ordered by calling (800)
Can I get copies of my prior year Forms W-2 from the IRS?
The quickest way to obtain a copy of a prior year Form W-2 (PDF) is through your employer. If that is not possible, you can order
and pay for copies of your entire return (attachments include Form W-2 (PDF)) from IRS, or order Form W-2 (PDF) information
at no charge from the IRS. The IRS can provide Form W-2 (PDF) information for up to 10 years. Information for the current year
is generally not available until the year after it is filed with the IRS.
For example, Form W-2 (PDF) information for 2005,
filed in 2006, will not be available from IRS until 2007.
To receive a copy of your return or transcript, complete and mail Form 4506 (PDF), Request for Copy of Tax Return or Form 4506-T (PDF) Request for Transcript of Tax Return. You
should allow 60 calendar days for a response.
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