You can request a transcript or a copy of your tax return from the IRS by completing one of the following forms:
Read Topic No. 156 Copy or Transcript of Your Tax Return – How to Get One for more information.
To file a prior-year return, please Access Prior Year Tax Returns for a list of available Online and Desktop programs. If you used TaxAct in a prior year and need to access your account, see Accessing Prior Year Returns.
A transcript is a printout of your tax return form only. A copy of your return is your return plus all attachments. Most of the time you can meet a need for tax return information with a transcript. For example, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or lending agencies for student loans and mortgages may accept a transcript of a return rather than a copy of a return.
A tax return transcript will show most line items contained on the return as it was originally filed. If you need a statement of your tax account that shows changes that you or the IRS made after the original return was filed, request a tax account transcript.
Both transcripts are generally available for the current and past three years for free. You should receive the transcript within 10 to 30 business days from the time the IRS gets your request.
If you've been impacted by a federally declared disaster, the IRS will waive the usual fees and expedite requests for copies of tax returns so you can apply for benefits or file amended returns claiming disaster-related losses.
For more information, refer to Topic No. 107 Tax Relief in Disaster Situations or call the IRS Disaster Assistance Hotline at 1-866-562-5227.
Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.