Tax Return Transcript Online
How to Get an IRS Transcript
Requesting a tax transcript is a simple and free process. The IRS even has an online portal, which you can use to request either a PDF on your computer or a paper copy in the mail. You can also call the IRS to get a transcript mailed to you. If you need the transcript for a business, you will need to mail the form instead. Keep in mind that a tax transcript is not the same thing as a copy of your tax return. If you need a copy instead of a transcript, file Form 4506 instead.
Getting an Online Transcript
Create an account at IRS.gov.If you already have an account, log in. If you don't, go to the IRS website, and click "Get my Tax Record." Then click "Get Transcript Online." To make a new account you will need to provide:
- Your full name
- Date of birth
- Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)
- Tax filing status (single, married, etc.)
- Mailing address used on the last tax return
- Mobile phone number that accepts texts
Verify your new account using the code texted to you.As soon as you create a new account, a page will appear asking for a verification code. This code should be texted to you almost immediately. Type this code into the box.
- If you do not have a mobile phone that accepts texts, you cannot request an online transcript.
Provide a number from 1 financial account to prove your identity.The form will ask you for the account number from a credit card, mortgage, home equity loan, or car loan. You only need to provide an account number from one of these.
Choose why you need the transcript.There are many different types of tax transcripts. To help you find the one that you need, the online portal will ask you why you are requesting a transcript. Choose an option from the drop down box, such as "Student Aid," "Mortgage Application," or "Income Verification."
Choose the tax year that you want the transcript for.The portal will tell you which years are available. Click on the year that you want. Most transcripts will only allow you to see the current tax year and the previous 3 years. In some cases, you may be able get transcripts for up to 10 years before the current tax year.
Download the PDF file.Once you have filled out all of the information, you will receive a PDF. Download it and save it to your computer so that you have it. Print out the transcript to keep a physical copy.
Receiving the Transcript by Mail
Visit the IRS website.Go to , and click "Get my Tax Record." Select This is a simple online form. You do not need to create an account to get your transcript by mail.
Fill the form out with your personal information.The form asks for your Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax ID Number (ITIN). You must also provide your date of birth, mailing address, and zip code.
Choose which type of transcript you would like.You will see a dropdown box with 2 options for transcripts. Choose which option you need. In most cases, you should select a tax return transcript. This can be used to verify your income, apply for student aid, or get a mortgage.
- A tax return transcript shows your adjusted gross income as well as most forms and schedules from your tax return.
- A tax account transcript tells you basic information about your return, such as return type, filing status, taxable income and payment types.
Wait 5 to 10 days for the transcript to arrive.A paper transcript will arrive in an envelope. Keep in mind that this will not be a copy of your tax return. If you would like a copy, file Form 4506 instead.
Requesting a Transcript by Phone
Call 1-800-908-9946.This number will connect you to an automatic system to request your transcript. Follow the prompts as they are spoken to you.
- Make sure that your address is up to date with the IRS before you begin. If you have moved since filing your last tax return, you will need to submit Form 8822 before you can proceed.
Follow the prompts to provide your SSN and street address.These details will verify your identify. First, you may need to dial in your SSN. Then you may be asked for the numbers in your street address.
- For example, if your street address is 123 Main Street, dial in “123.”
Choose option 2 on the menu.You will hear a menu with options. Press option 2 to get tax return transcripts.
Enter the tax year that you want.When prompted by the operator, dial the year using the keypad. For example, if you want a transcript from 2019, dial in “2016.”
Wait 5 to 10 days for the transcript to arrive by mail.The transcript will be sent to the address that the IRS has on file for you.
Requesting a Transcript for a Business
Fill out and print form 4506-T.You can fill out the form using a PDF reader. Type in the employer identification number (EIN), the address, and the name on the original return. Check which type of transcript you would like. Print the form out when you are done.
- You can find the form at .
Mail the form to the correct address on page 2.Where you send the form depends on which transcript you are requesting and where you live. The second page of the form has a list of addresses. Find the address which applies to you, and file the form there. It will take up to 30 days to receive your transcript.
How can I get my SS number online? I am disabled.
How do I get a non-filing letter from the IRS?
- If you’re having any problems, call the IRS helpline at 1-800-829-1040 (for personal returns) or 1-800-829-4933 (for business-related questions).
- If you already have an account with the IRS online, you can use the IRS2Go app to request a transcript.
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