In the event that you need tax return information from a prior year, you can get a transcript of your return from the IRS for free.
You can get copies of your tax return and tax account information online
Automated self-service applications make ordering copies of your tax return transcripts and tax account transcripts convenient and easy. Whether you choose the online option or the automated phone service, you will find these self-service options available any time, day or night, when it’s convenient for you.
To order online go to http://www.irs.gov, select the Individuals tab and click on the topic, Need a Copy of Your Tax Return Information? Next, click on the Order A Transcript link and follow the three easy steps. You must provide your Social Security number or IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP Code or postal code.
To order by phone, call 1-800-908-9946, an IRS automated phone line and follow the voice prompts. You must provide your SSN or IRS ITIN, date of birth, street address and ZIP code or postal code.
You may also order transcripts by mail using IRS Form 4506T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return available on http://www.irs.gov. You will find instructions and mailing addresses on page two of Form 4506T.
A tax return transcript shows most line items from your tax return as originally filed, including any accompanying forms and schedules. It does not reflect any changes made after the return was filed.
A tax account transcript shows any later adjustments either you or the IRS made after the tax return was filed. This transcript shows basic data, including marital status, type of return filed, adjusted gross income and taxable income.
The IRS does not charge a fee for these transcripts, which are available for the current tax year and the past three tax years. You should allow 5 to 10 business days for delivery when ordering online or through the automated self-service phone line. The IRS provides processing times on Forms 4506T.