The IRS offers free tax return transcripts for the current year and the past three years. The tax return transcript shows information from the tax return and all accompanying forms, notes the IRS website. Taxpayers can order a transcript online or by calling the automated ordering system at 800-908-9946.
The tax return transcript should take five to 10 calendar days to arrive by mail, notes the IRS. A tax return transcript is not a copy of the tax return. Taxpayers can also order a copy of a tax return for $57 for each year that they need one. To do this, they should fill out Form 4506, and mail it to the IRS location for their area. It should arrive within 60 days.