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How long must I wait before a transcript is available for my current year tax return?

If you filed your tax return electronically, it takes about 3 weeks before a transcript becomes available. If you mailed your tax return, it takes about 6 weeks. If you didn’t pay all the tax you owe, your transcript may not be available until mid-May, or a week after you pay the full amount owed. Refer to Transcript Availability for more information. Note: If you made estimated tax payments and/or applied your overpayment from a prior year tax return to your current year tax return, you can request a tax account transcript to confirm these payments or credits a few weeks after the beginning of the calendar year prior to filing your current year return.

Can I use Get Transcript if I am a victim of ID Theft?

Yes, you can still request a transcript by mail. If we’re unable to process your request due to identity theft, we'll send you a letter that provides further instructions on how to request your transcript. You may also want to visit our Identity Protection page for more information.

How do I request a transcript for an older tax year?

Tax return and record of account transcripts are only available for the current tax year and three prior processing years. You must submit Form 4506T to request an account transcript for a tax year not available through get transcript by mail.

What if I’m unable to use Get Transcript by Mail?

If you are unable to use Get Transcript by Mail, you may try our automated phone transcript service at 1-800-908-9946 to receive your transcript by mail. Please allow 5 to 10 calendar days for delivery.

My transcript information doesn’t appear to be correct. What should I do?

In some cases, we may have changed the reported figures on the original return you filed due to input errors or incomplete or missing information. If we changed the figures on your return during processing, a Tax Return transcript will show the original figures, labeled “per return,” and the corrected figures labeled “per computer.” It will not show amendments or adjustments made to the account after the original return has posted. If you filed an amended return or we adjusted your account after it was processed, request a Record of Account transcript. If the transcript obtained doesn’t appear to be correct or contains unfamiliar information due to possible identity theft, call us at 1-800-829-1040.

Will ordering a transcript help me determine when I’ll get my refund?
No, a tax transcript won’t help you determine when you’ll get your refund. IRS transcripts are best and most often used to validate past income and tax filing status for mortgage, student and small business loan applications and to help with tax preparation.

The codes listed on tax transcripts don’t provide any early insight into when a refund will be issued. The best way to check on your refund is by visiting Where's My Refund?


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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 01-Sep-2015