Call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 and they should be able to get you the
information you need, no charge!
Alternatively, there's a form you can fill out to make the request.
It's all explained here:
Need a Copy of Your Tax Return Information?
Requesting transcripts (individuals):
You have two easy and convenient options for getting copies of your
federal tax return information--tax return transcripts and tax account
transcripts--by phone or by mail.
Request transcripts by calling 1-800-829-1040, or order by mail using
IRS Form 4506T (Request for Transcript of Tax Return). We do not
charge a fee for transcripts. Allow two weeks for delivery.
A tax return transcript shows most line items from your tax return
(Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) as it was originally filed, including any
accompanying forms and schedules. It does not reflect any changes
you, your representative or the IRS made after the return was filed.
In many cases, a return transcript will meet the requirements of
lending institutions such as those offering mortgages and for applying
for student loans.
A tax account transcript shows any later adjustments either you or the
IRS made after the tax return was filed. This transcript shows basic
data, including marital status, type of return filed, adjusted gross
income and taxable income
A return transcript will have the basic information as you filed it.
An account transcript will have information on any post-filing
changes, including changes made by the IRS to refund amounts, etc.
When you call, you should certainly inquire about the refund as well.
Let me know if there's anything here you need clarified, or anything
else I can do for you.
Best of luck,
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Clarification of Answer by
15 Mar 2006 13:28 PST
I'm not sure what you're looking at regarding fees.
Near the top of the form, it says the following:
Tip: Use Form 4506-T to order a transcript or other return information
free of charge. See the product list below. You can also call
order a transcript. If you need a copy of your return, use Form 4506,
Request for Copy of Tax Return. There is a fee to get a copy of your
A transcript -- which is an electronic version of the information on
your returns, rather than a photocopy of the return itself -- is free
of charge (for an actual photocopy, there is a charge, and you need a
different form, but my suggestion is to stick with the official IRS
Hope that's the information you need.