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

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

You can get a lot of information from the free transcript, which you can get online with a short delay. However, if you're looking for an amount from a specific form and line you'll need the exact copy, which takes longer to arrive.

Also, here are the differences between each type:

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 the 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, ask them which version you need. Most lenders will accept a transcript.

The IRS has more info about ordering tax returns in Tax Topic 156

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