You can get an exact copy of a previously filed and processed U.S. income tax return and all attachments (including Form W-2), by completing IRS Form 4506 (PDF), Request for Copy of Tax Return, and mailing it to the address listed in the instructions, along with a payment of $57.00 for each tax year requested. Make you check or money order payable to the "United States Treasury."
Copies of jointly filed tax
returns may be requested by either spouse and only one signature is
required. Allow 60 calendar days to receive your copies.
Transcripts of Tax Returns
– No Charge
For many purposes, you can meet the requirements for past tax returns
with a “transcript” – a computer
print-out of the information on your old tax return – rather
than an exact copy. A transcript may be an acceptable substitute for an
exact copy of a return by the United States Citizenship and Immigration
Services and lending agencies for student loans and mortgages.
A "tax return transcript" will show most line items contained on the
return as it was originally filed. If you need a statement of your tax
account which shows changes that you or the IRS made after the original
return was filed, however, you must request a "tax account transcript".
Both transcripts are generally available for the current and past three
years and are provided free of
charge. The period in which you
will receive the transcript varies from within ten to thirty business
days from the time the IRS receives your request for the tax return or
tax account transcript.
You can obtain a free transcript by calling the IRS at toll-free
800-829-1040 and following the prompts in the recorded message.
You can also obtain a free transcript by completing IRS
Form 4506-T (PDF), Request for Transcript of Tax Return,
and mailing it to the address listed in the instructions.
For Taxpayers Trying to Get or
Modify a Home Loan
To help taxpayers trying to obtain, modify or refinance a home
mortgage, the IRS has created IRS
Form 4506T-EZ, Short Form Request for Individual Tax Return Transcript.
Transcripts ordered using Form
4506T may also be mailed to a
third party, such as a mortgage institution, if specified on the form.
You must sign and date the form giving your consent for the disclosure.
Businesses, partnerships or individuals who need transcript information
from other forms, such as Form W-2 or Form 1099, can use Form
4506-T (PDF), Request for Transcript of Tax Return,
to obtain the information. These transcripts may also be mailed to a
third party if there is consent for the disclosure.
For Taxpayers Impacted by
Federally Declared Disasters
For taxpayer impacted by a federally declared disaster, the IRS will
waive the usual fees and expedite requests for copies of tax returns
for people who need them to apply for benefits or to file amended
returns claiming disaster-related losses. For additional information,
refer to IRS
Tax Topic 107, Tax
Relief Disaster Situations, or
call the IRS Disaster Assistance Hotline at 866-562-5227.