IRS Tax Return Copies
How to Get a Tax Return Copy If You Used eFile.com
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As an eFile.com tax preparer or eFiler you have the privilege to be able to access your previous year tax returns for up to 7 years.
The recent tax returns or previous two tax years are stored in your account on eFile.com.
Sign in to yor your eFile.com account and following the instructions below:
- Click My Account on the upper right side of your account screen.
- Click the appropriate Tax Year link under the "Your Return" heading. Your completed return will be listed as a PDF file, ready for you to download and print.
Your current tax year and 2 previous year’s returns are kept in your eFile.com account free of charge to you. Tax returns prior to these years are archived and if you filed with eFile.com, these can be obtained via your Personal Support Page. Contact us for help with this. Copies of these archived returns can be obtained at $9.95/per return copy. The IRS charges $50.00/per return copy for any return, no matter what year.
- If you used other platforms or professional tax preparers and you don't have a copy of your tax return data e.g. Adjusted Gross Income etc. please get a free online IRS tax transcript here. Transcripts are not the same as a tax return copy as they will only summarize your tax returns. Thus, you do not get an exact copy of your return.
Get a Free Online IRS Tax Transcript
- If you did not use eFile.com and still need a copy of your tax return maybe in addition to the transcript then complete Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, and mail it to the IRS (mailing address is on the form). Include a $50.00 check made payable to "U.S. Treasury" with Form 4506 (the fee may be waived if you reside in an official disaster area as declared by the President). It may take the IRS about 60 days to process your request and mail your tax return copy or copies. You may need a copy of your tax return in the event you prepare for a tax audit. Generally, the IRS makes tax return copies available for seven years from the original date they are filed before they are destroyed by law.
More Information About Transcripts
Be aware that a transcript does not show any changes or amendments you or the IRS may have made after the IRS accepted your return.
You can have transcripts mailed to a third party if you specify this on Form 4506-T. Transcripts cannot be sent to a third party if you make your request via phone or online. Transcripts requested online can only be mailed to the address used on your last tax return.
How to Request a Copy of Your State Return
Visit your state tax agency website to request a copy of your state return. Find links to state tax agency sites here.
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