IRS Tax Tip: Taxpayers who need to get a tax transcript should first visit IRS.gov

Taxpayers might need a tax transcript for many reasons, like applying for a mortgage or a student loan. The Let Us Help Youpage on IRS.gov will help taxpayers understand tax transcripts. This page has links to information that will help taxpayers learn about the different types of transcripts and the process of how to get one.

Order a tax transcript

  • From here, taxpayers can visit the pages where they can request a transcript, either online or by mail. Taxpayers can get different Form 1040-series transcript types from this page. 

Transcript types

  • Depending on why a taxpayer needs a transcript will determine which type they need. This page lists detailed information about what is included in the five different types of transcripts.

Frequently asked questions

  • Taxpayers can visit the Q&A page for specific questions about the Get Transcript Online service. They’ll find FAQs about getting a transcript both online and by mail. 

However, taxpayers might not need a full transcript. If they only need to find out how much they owe or verify payments they made within the last 18 months, they can visit the view your tax account page.

Posted by Lewis J. Saret, Co-General Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal..

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