How Do You Find Your Tax Return?


Quick Answer

To receive a copy of a tax return from the IRS, mail a completed form 4506 to the address indicated on the form along with a check for each year requested, as explained by the IRS. As of 2013, the IRS charges a $57 fee for each tax year ordered.

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Full copies of tax returns are available for six years, according to the IRS, and requests take up to 60 days to process.

If taxpayers filed the return electronically using efile, they can find are available by signing in to the taxpayer's efile account. Then, they simply need to click the link marked Your Return and choose the PDF for the appropriate year, according to efile.

Most of the information needed from a full copy of a tax return is also featured on a transcript, which is free and available more quickly, according to the IRS. A transcript shows line items from the original return, and includes any forms and schedules. Transcripts are available as soon as the IRS processes the return and for up to three years. Taxpayers can request transcripts by mail, on the IRS website using the Order a Transcript tool and by phone. Phone and online orders take five to 10 days to process, while mail orders take up to 30 days.

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