Instructions to Request a Tax Transcript

Tax filers can request a transcript, free of charge, of their most recent completed year federal tax return from the IRS in one of three ways.

Online Request

Available on the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov 

  • In the Online Services section of the homepage click “Order a Tax Return or Account Transcript”
  • Click “Order a Transcript”
  • Enter the tax filer’s Social Security Number, date of birth, street address, and zip or postal code.  Use the address currently on file with the IRS. Generally this will be the address that was listed on the latest tax return filed. However, if an address change has been completed through the US Postal Service, the IRS may have the updated address on file.
  • Click “Continue”
  • In the Type of Transcript field, select “Return Transcript” and in the Tax Year field, select most recent tax year.
  • If successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Tax Return Transcript at the address included in their online request, within five to ten days from the time the on-line request was successfully transmitted to the IRS.

Telephone Request

  • Available from the IRS by calling 1-800-908-9946
  • Tax filers must follow prompts to enter their social security number and the numbers in their street address. Generally this will be numbers of the street address that was listed on the latest tax return filed.  However, if an address change has been completed through the US Postal Service, the IRS may have the updated address on file.
  • Select “Option 2” to request an IRS Tax Return Transcript and then enter most recent tax year.
  • If successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Tax Return Transcript at the address that was used in their telephone request, within five to ten days from the time the IRS receives the request.

Paper Request Form – IRS Form 4506T-EZ

  • IRS Form 4506T-EZ should be used instead of IRS Form 4506-T because it is sufficient to request an IRS Tax Return Transcript.
  • Download at  http://www.cornellcollege.edu/financial-assistance/pdfs/Request-for-Tax-Transcript-with-Cornell-Address.pdf
  • Complete lines 1 – 4, following the instructions on page 2 of the form.  Note that line 3 should be the most current address as filed with the IRS. It is the address where the IRS Tax Return Transcript will be sent. If the address has recently changed, include the address listed on the latest tax return filed on Line 4. However, if an address change has been completed through the US Postal Service, the IRS may have the updated address on file.
  • Line 5 provides tax filers with the option to have their IRS Tax Return Transcript mailed directly to a third party by the IRS.
  • On line 6, enter most recent tax year to receive IRS tax information for the most recent tax year that is required for filing the FAFSA.
  • The tax filers (or spouse if requesting information from a joint tax return) must sign and date the form and enter their telephone number. Only one signature is required to request a transcript for a joint return.
  • Mail or fax the completed IRS Form 4506T-EZ to the appropriate address (or FAX number) provided on page 2 of Form 4506T-EZ.
  • Tax filers can expect to receive their transcript within five to ten days from the time the IRS receives and processes their signed request.