Due to the increasing concern about fraudulent applications for mortgage, car loan, financial aid or some other form of funding, Financial institutions prefer to see copies of your tax transcript.
To better protect your information from identity theft the IRS has a new format that partially masks the personally identifiable information of everyone listed on the tax return. All financial entries will remain fully visible to assist with tax representation and income verification.
Taxpayers may request an unmasked Wage & Income transcript for tax preparation that will be mailed to the taxpayer’s address of record.
An IRS tax transcript is a quick summary of your important tax information from your federal tax return. The method you used to file your tax return, e-file or paper, and whether you had a balance due, affects your current year transcript availability. Note: If you need a photocopy of your return, you must use Form 4506.
There are actually 5 different types of IRS tax transcripts. They contain detailed information about a taxpayer, their tax history, and their transactions with the IRS:
There are 3 ways to make an IRS tax transcript request:
The fastest way is to use Get Transcript Online. Taxpayers must pass the Secure Access identity verification process. Select the “Tax Return Transcript” and use only the “Adjusted Gross Income” line entry.
IRS has stopped processing transcript requests by mail until further notice. If you only need to find out how much you owe or verify payments you made within the last 18 months, you can view your tax account.
To register an account and request an IRS tax transcript online you need the following information:
In the event taxpayers fail Secure Access, the request can be made using the mail option. Allow five to 10 days for delivery. Use only the “Adjusted Gross Income” line entry.
Getting your federal tax information to prove your income is a straightforward process. Generally, you can quickly and easily get a copy for free with your online request. You will generally receive your tax transcript(s) in the mail within 5-10 days after the IRS receives your request or receive it instantly if you have a fax number.
If you find the process a little bit confusing, H&S Accounting & Tax Services will be glad to assist you.