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Can I get a copy of my tax return from the IRS?

If you need your AGI from last year to e-file but are having trouble finding it, you can just print and mail your return (you don't need your AGI for that).

Yes. You can get a free tax return transcript or an exact copy of your return directly from the IRS.

Tax return transcript Exact copy of your return
Includes most line items from your return, like AGI, and looks like this Includes all forms and attachments
Available for current tax year and three prior tax years Available for current tax year and six prior tax years
Free Costs $50 (this fee may be waived in Presidentially-declared disaster areas)
Ordered online at the IRS’s Get Transcript page Ordered by mail using IRS Form 4506 (follow instructions on page 2)
Online available same day, print arrives in 5–10 days May take up to 75 days for delivery


If you need a copy for your lender, check which version you need. Most lenders will accept a transcript.



For more info about ordering tax returns from the IRS, see IRS Tax Topic 156.


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