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Does it cost money to get a copy of a 2013 tax return?

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It is free to get a transcript for tax records from within the past 3 years; however, for a copy of the filed and processed tax return there is a fee. It is always recommended that citizens make a copy of their tax returns before they file and keep copies from every tax year at home.

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The current fee, as of 2015, for an actual copy of a filed and processed tax return is $57 per document, according to the IRS. For those who live in areas that have been listed as a "disaster area" due to natural weather damage, it may be possible to obtain copies for free. The forms for either the transcript or the full copy must be filled out online or via telephone.

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