How to Get Copies of Old Tax Returns

If you’re looking for previous year tax information, we’ve got good news – we can tell you how to get copies of old tax returns directly from the IRS. Even better news, the IRS lets you obtain old tax information in a transcript free of charge.

If you completed your taxes with H&R Block, you also have access to tax returns for the past three years. Read on and we’ll explain how to get copies of old tax returns with either method.

How to Get Previous Tax Returns – From the IRS

The IRS offers two ways for you to receive your tax information via transcript free of charge – online or by mail with it’s Get Transcript service. With either option, you’ll need to supply personal information, such as your SSN, date of birth and your mailing address. If you’re requesting to access the information online, you’ll need to provide additional personal details when you register.

The next step in how to get your previous tax returns is to determine what type of transcript you need. You can choose from five different types of IRS transcripts – some show more information than others. For example, the Tax Return Transcript provides the most line items, including your adjusted gross income.

How to Get Previous Tax Returns – From H&R Block

“How can I get copies of my tax returns?” is a common question we here from our clients. Luckily, the process for retrieving these forms is simple. Whether you completed your taxes with us in an office or used a do-it-yourself method, such as online or software, the procedure is the same for how to get copies of old tax returns. To do so, simply create or log in your MyBlock account.  You’ll have access to your tax information from the last three years at no cost to you.

Where Can I Get an Actual Copy of My Tax Return?

If a transcript isn’t what you’re looking for, you can ask the IRS for a photocopy of your tax form. However, this service is not offered for free. You’ll need to file Form 4506 to get your tax information and pay the IRS a $50 fee for each year requested.

You should note that it takes longer for this method — up to 75 days — for the IRS to process your request.

Questions About Your Old Tax Returns?

If you need help understanding the information on your old returns—or your current returns, our Tax Pros can help. They’re dedicated to knowing the nuances of taxes and can help you understand your returns.

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