How Do You Get an IRS Tax Return Transcript?


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You can get an IRS tax return transcript online at the IRS website using the Order a Transcript tool, states the IRS. It can be delivered by mail or downloaded in PDF format.

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Tax return transcripts are free and are available for the current tax year and up to three years previous. When obtaining transcripts online, the user is required to provide some information to verify his identity. For a PDF download, login information is needed, while for a transcript delivered by mail, only an SSN or Individual Tax Identification Number, date of birth and address are required. In addition to options for online retrieval, an individual can order a tax return transcript by phone and following the prompts given, says the IRS.

If your transcripts are ordered through the mail either online or by phone, expect to receive them within five to 10 calendar days of placing an order, explains the IRS. If login information is already known, for transcripts ordered online and delivered via download in PDF format, delivery is instantaneous, with the entire process taking about five minutes. If not, a login needs to be created, which takes much longer and requires the user to provide information to verify his identity.

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