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How to Obtain a Tax Transcript

There are three other ways to request your tax transcript if you cannot complete the IRS Data Retrieval process. Please make sure you request a tax transcript. Do not request a tax account transcript or record of account. We will not be able to use these two forms for verification. Also, the IRS does not charge you for a copy of the tax transcript. There are three ways to request your tax transcript: by phone, online or by mail.

Tax Return Transcript Ordered By Phone

  • Call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 (7:00am to 10:00pm)
  • Tax Filers must follow prompts to enter their Social Security Number and the numbers in their street address.
  • Select "Option 2" to request an IRS Tax Return Transcript, and then enter the year.
  • If successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Tax Return Transcript at the address that was used in their telephone request within 5 to 10 days from the time the IRS receives the request.
  • IRS Tax Return Transcripts requested by telephone cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.

Tax Return Transcript Ordered Online

  • Go to www.irs.gov
  • Click Get Transcript for My Tax Records
  • Click Get Transcript Online
  • You will go through a user authentications process and will need access to your personal email address and a secure code will be sent via text. Also, specific financial account numbers will be needed (such as credit card numbers or account number for an auto loan.
  • Select the year of the transcript and type of information requested.
  • The document will be displayed in PDF (you will need to turn off your pop-up blocker).
  • Click Get Transcript by Mail
  • Enter your SSN, Date of Birth, Street Address, and Zip Code
  • Click Continue
  • Select Return Transcript for Tax Year
  • Click Continue

Tax Return Transcript Ordered by Mail

  • Complete Form 4506-TEZ (Request for Transcript of Tax Return)
  • Form 4506-T is available online at www.irs.gov
  • Mail or fax the completed IRS Form to the appropriate address (or fax number) provided on page 2 of the form.
  • Your transcript(s) will be mailed within 10 days or longer from the IRS.

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