How to Request Federal Tax Return Transcripts

Tax filers can request a federal tax return transcript, free of charge, in one of three ways.

Online Request

    1. Go to IRS Get Transcript
    2. Click "Get Transcript Online"
    3. Setup an account with the IRS.  If you have an account, enter Username and Log In.  If you do not have an account, select "Create Account."  To register and use this service, you must have your Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Filing Status, and Mailing Address from your latest tax return. You will also need access to an email account, personal account number (from a credit card, mortgage, student loan, home equity loan/line or car loan), and mobile number with your name on the account.
    4. After your account is created, you will be prompted to provide a reason for your request. Select "Higher Education/Student Aid".
    5. Select Tax Year that corresponds with the Financial Aid Office request (2017 tax year for 2019-2020 or 2018 tax year for 2020-2021) under the Return Transcript.
    6. Your transcript will appear and allow you to print your document.
    7. These steps can be repeated if a parent(s) is required to submit a tax return transcript.

Telephone Request

Because of COVID, option not available currently.

  1. Call 1.800.908.9946.
  2. Tax filers must follow prompts to enter their Social Security Number, and Numbers in your street address.  Use the street numbers on your tax returns filed for that year.
  3. Select "Option 2" to request an IRS Tax Return Transcript.
  4. Enter "2018" for the tax year (if requesting for 2020-2021)
  5. If successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive a paper copy within 10 days for the time it was submitted.

Paper Request

Because of COVID, option not available currently.

Access Form 4506-T via the IRS to request by mail.

  1. Complete lines 1-4.
  2. Do not enter any information in line 5.
  3. On line 6, enter the tax form type of 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ.
    • Check the box that states the following:
      (a) Return Transcript, which includes most of the line items of a tax return as filed with the IRS. A tax transcript does not reflect changes made to the account after the return is processed. Transcripts are only available for the following returns: Form 1040 series, Form 1065, Form 1120, Form 1120-H, Form 1120-L, and Form 1120S. Return transcripts are available for the current year and returns processed during the prior 3 processing years. Most requests will be processed within 10 business days.
  4. On line 9, enter the year requested. For example, for the 2020-2021 FAFSA, 2018 tax returns should be requested.
  5. Sign, date, and include your phone number.
  6. If you lived in Maryland, mail to the following address (if you lived in a different state, refer to page 4 of the 4506-T document):
Internal Revenue Service
Stop 6705 S-2
Kansas City, MO 64999