How to Request an IRS Tax Return Transcript

Tax filers can request a transcript, free of charge, of their tax return from the IRS in one of three ways - online, by mail, or phone.

Transcript requests can be made 3 weeks after you have electronically filed your tax return.

You must wait 8-10 weeks if you mailed a paper tax return.

IMPORTANT: If you are a dependent student for financial aid and both you and your parent(s) filed a tax return, each of you must request an IRS Transcript.

Online Request Using the New “Get-Transcript” feature at IRS.gov

  • IRS Tax filers can now download and print a copy of their IRS Tax Return Transcript using a new IRS application called "Get-Transcript." 
  • New users to the "Get-Transcript" feature at IRS.gov must create an account by answering security questions relative to their credit history and by creating a user name and password. Tax filers will then be able to download and print their transcript online or elect to have it mailed to the address on record. Your tax return must be processed by the IRS in order for you to use this feature.
  • Visit the "Get Transcript" feature online, then:
  • Select Get Transcript Online or Get Transcript by Mail
  • Sign in; first-time users will have to create an account.
  • Select the reason you are requesting a transcript.
  • For the 2014-2015 academic year, the return transcript year is 2013.

Telephone Request

  • Available from the IRS by calling 1-800-908-9946 toll-free.
  • Tax filers must follow the recorded prompts to request an IRS Tax Return Transcript.
  • If successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Tax Return Transcript at the address that was used in their telephone request, within 5 to 10 days from the time the IRS receives the request.

Paper Request

  • IRS Form 4506T-EZ, not IRS Form 4506-T, should be used when making a paper request.
  • Download at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-access/f4506tez_accessible.pdf
  • Complete the form following the instructions on page 2.
  • Tax filers have the option to have their IRS Tax Return Trascript mailed directly to a third party. Do not request that it be mailed directly to JSC. It is your responsibility to ensure you have received it and to make a copy before submitting it to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Mail or fax the completed IRS Form 4506T-EZ where stated on page 2 of the form.
  • Expect to receive the transcript within 5 to 10 days from the time the IRS receives and processes the signed request.
  • NOTE: Processing form 4506T-EZ means verifying/validating the information provided on the form. If any information does not match the IRS records, the IRS will notify the tax filer that it was not able to provide the transcript.

Helpful Information

  • When parents submit their IRS Transcript, they should include the student's name and ID number on the transcript. (This is to prevent confusion. In some cases, JSC may receive forms in which a student's last name has been changed and is reflected differently on various forms; we also may receive forms from two students who share the same common name.)
  • If the student filed a tax return, then they — as well as their parents — must request a tax transcript.
  • Do not request a copy of your complete tax return from the IRS; JSC can only accept a transcript.
  • Be sure you request a Tax Return Transcript, not a Tax Account Transcript.