How to Obtain, Download a Tax Return Copy

Tax Return Copy

Keeping a copy of your tax return has many benefits. Your IRS and state tax return(s) are stored on if you prepared and e-filed or downloaded, printed, mailed your return(s) via As an existing 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. 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


1. Sign into your eFile account
Sign in to and select My Account
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.

My Account

3. Returns Older Than 3 Years
Contact us for returns prepared on that are older than three years. Generally, for existing current tax year customers, returns are free up to the last 5 years. Previous customers who are not using during the current tax year , a small fee might apply, which is contingent on account history.
Archived return copies which can be obtained at $14.95/per tax year return copy or $9.95/per multiple tax year return copies for the last 7 years. Returns 8 years or older can be obtained for $29.00 per copy electronically via
In comparison, the IRS charges $30.00/per return copy, plus you need to complete a form and mail it in, and the IRS will send the tax return copy via postal mail to you, thus the process takes considerably longer. If the IRS does not find the return, they will return the fee.
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

1. Get a Copy NOT Prepared on
Contact the online platform, tax app provider, or professional office where you prepared or had your tax returns prepared.
2. Return Transcript Based by Tax Year
Learn more about free tax return transcript types or see the steps to obtain an IRS tax transcript.
Order a free tax return transcript over the phone by calling the automated Internal Revenue Service Transcript Order Line at 1-800-908-9946.
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.
C: State Return Copy By State
Contact your state tax agency by state for your state tax return copies.