How to Obtain, Download a Tax Return Copy
Keeping a copy of your tax return has many benefits. Your IRS and state tax return(s) are stored on eFile.com if you prepared and e-filed or downloaded, printed, mailed your return(s) via eFile.com. As an existing eFile.com user, you can access your previous year's tax returns for up to 7 years - your latest three returns are stored directly in your account for your convenience.
Attention: Depending on why you need a tax return copy, you might be able to get a tax transcript instead as it's easier to obtain than a tax return copy.
Tax return copies serve as proof of your income for:
Having last year's return can also be helpful to figure out your tax withholding. When you plan your W-4 Form or tax withholding, refer to your previous year's return to balance your tax withholding accurately. eFile.com has free W-4 tools to help you keep your money during the year.
In case you receive a letter from the IRS or you get audited by the IRS and/or state, you will need to refer to last year's return.
1. Tax Return Copies of Returns PREPARED via eFile.com
2. Your My Account and a List of PDF files
The last three years of your returns are stored here for free
. Select the PDF icon for the respective tax year; based on your browser settings, the PDF will either open in a tab or prompt you to download the file. Android and iPhone users:
Click the three dots in the upper-right corner of your device or follow these mobile user download instructions
3. Returns Older Than 3 Years
Contact us for returns
prepared on eFile.com that are older than three years. For existing customers, returns remain accessible for up to 7 years. For customers who are not using eFile.com during the current tax year, a small fee might apply, which is contingent on account history.
Archived return copies which can be obtained at $9.95/per return copy. In comparison, the IRS charges $43.00/per return copy for any return, no matter what year. The IRS only provides copies for the current tax year and six previous tax years.
After October 15 of each year, archived returns for the last 7 years can be obtained for $9.95 per copy while the latest 3 are in your account for free. Archived returns from 8-10 years ago can be obtained for $29.00 per copy since these cannot be obtained from the IRS.
4. State Tax Return
State tax returns
are stored together with the federal tax return in your My Account as outlined above and are included in the PDF file.
2. Tax Returns Copies of Returns NOT PREPARED via eFile.com
1. Get a Copy NOT Prepared on eFile.com
Contact the online platform, tax app provider, or professional office where you prepared or had your tax returns prepared.
C: IRS Return Copy/Paid IRS Copy
Here's an overview of how to obtain a tax return copy
. Complete Form 4506 now
and download, print, and mail it to the address on the form. The IRS fee is over $40 per tax return copy for ANY year's return.
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