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Taxpayers in the US can request a tax return transcript from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by calling or filing form 4506-T, which provides an option to request a tax account transcript. The transcript shows key information from the tax return, but not amendments or annexes. There is no charge for a tax return transcript, but a fee is payable for copies of tax returns. Taxpayers can ask an accountant for help interpreting the transcript, but fees may apply.

To receive a tax return transcript, taxpayers must call the government agency responsible for handling taxes and request one, or complete a form and fax or mail it. It is important to contact the correct agency; someone who wants a federal tax return transcript in the United States, for example, should direct the request to the Internal Revenue Service, not to a state’s individual tax agency. It usually takes about two weeks to receive a copy of the document.

For taxpayers in the United States looking for their federal transcripts, there are several options. One is to call the Internal Revenue Service and provide identifying information so the agency can send a copy. Another is to file a form, 4506-T, requesting a copy of the tax return transcript. It is important to avoid filing a 4506 form, which is a request for a complete copy of the tax return. Individuals must provide basic information so that the IRS can correctly identify the taxpayer and obtain the correct documentation.

The tax return transcript will include key information from the tax return, including listings of the main lines on the tax return. Does not include amendments or annexes. For these, individuals must request a tax account transcript, which will show these changes. Form 4506-T provides an option to request this, as well as the tax return transcript.

Along with the tax return transcript, the IRS will send out a publication that shows people how to read the entries. If taxpayers are confused or concerned about something in the document, they can contact the agency for help. An accountant can also provide help with interpreting the transcript correctly and identifying any errors or entries of specific interest. People should know that accountants usually charge for this service.

There is no charge for a tax return transcript. However, people who need copies of their tax returns will need to pay a fee to the IRS. For people who use electronic tax preparation software, they should check to see if the program has retained the information. For people who use an accountant, they can ask what the fee would be for a copy of a tax return; the accountant’s fees may be lower than the IRS’s, and the response time will usually be quicker as well.

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