Need a Copy of Your Tax Return Information?

Taxpayers have two easy and convenient options for getting copies of their federal tax return information - tax return transcripts and tax account transcripts - by phone or by mail.

A tax return transcript shows most line items from the tax return (Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) as it was originally filed, including any accompanying forms and schedules. It does not reflect any changes you, your representative or the IRS made after the return was filed. In many cases, a return transcript will meet the requirements of lending institutions such as those offering mortgages and student loans.

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.

Request either transcript by calling 1-800-829-1040, or order by mail using IRS Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return. The IRS does not charge a fee for transcripts, which are available for the current and three prior calendar years. Allow two weeks for delivery.

If you need a photocopy of a previously processed tax return and attachments, complete Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Form, and mail it to the IRS address listed on the form for your area. There is a fee of $39 for each tax period requested. Copies are generally available for the current and past 6 years.

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Target, big-box store lawsuits in CNY would push property tax burden to rest of us  syracuse.comBig-box retailers and chain drug stores are bringing to the Syracuse suburbs a tax-dodging strategy that has lowered their property tax bills in other states.
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Mnuchin says U.S. government would shield Trump tax returns from Congress  ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that he would shield President Donald Trump's tax returns from Congress, ...
Democrats Want to Tax the Wealthy. Many Voters Agree.  The New York TimesA proposal to tax wealth finds support across party lines, along with the premise that the government should combat inequality.

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