should be a taxpayer’s first stop for their tax transcript

IRS Tax Tip 2021-91, June 24, 2021

Tax transcripts are used for a variety of things, like applying for a mortgage or a student loan. Taxpayers order a tax transcript on They can also learn about the different types of transcripts available from the IRS.

Order a tax transcript

  • Taxpayers can request a transcript, either online or by mail at Get Transcript on

Transcript types

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

Frequently asked questions

  • Taxpayers can visit the FAQ page for answers to specific questions about the Get Transcript service, including getting a transcript either online or by mail. 

Taxpayers may 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.

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