How Do You Find Past Tax Records?


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As of 2015, past federal tax records are available to order online at IRS.gov, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Taxpayers can order tax return transcripts, tax account transcripts, a record of account transcripts, and wage and income transcripts.

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Individuals order tax records via the Get a Tax Transcript by Mail link under the Tools heading on the home page, advises the IRS. The taxpayer's Social Security Number, date of birth and street address on file with the IRS are required to request a transcript. The taxpayer can choose the tax year and transcript type when placing the online order.

A description of available transcript types and ordering instructions are located through the Transcript Types link under the Get Transcript by Mail link on the Get Transcript page, notes the IRS. A tax return transcript shows most lines of a personal income tax return, and it includes information from any forms and schedules that were submitted with the return. However, it is not a photocopy of the tax return. Individuals must complete Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, and send it to the IRS to receive a copy of a tax return.

A tax account transcript shows information including marital status, taxable income, credits, payments and adjustments, states the IRS. A record of account transcript is a combination of the information provided on the tax return transcript and the tax account transcript. A wage and income transcript provides information from W-2s, 1099s and 1098s.

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