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Hi, I’m Jeshal, and I work for the IRS.

Here’s a tip for you about tax transcripts.

A tax transcript is a summary of your tax return.

You can use a transcript to verify income for mortgage or student loans or to e-file a return for a subsequent year.

You can get a free transcript either online or by mail by going to

To help protect you against fraud, you will need to verify your identity before you can move forward in the process of getting a tax transcript.

Here are some important items you’ll need to verify your identity.

An email address, your filing status and address used on your last tax return, account numbers from a credit card, a home mortgage loan, a home equity loan, a home equity line of credit or a car loan.

You will also need a mobile phone that accepts texts.

Landlines, videophones, internet-relay or virtual phones won’t work, neither will a temporary or prepaid phone.

One last thing, if you have a credit freeze through Equifax, it must be temporarily lifted before you start.

If you can’t complete this process, you can always use the “Get Transcript by Mail” option.

A transcript will be mailed to the address on your last return within five to ten days.

To avoid needing a transcript, keep copies of your tax returns and supporting documents for at least three years.

For more details, go to

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