The most common question is how to obtain another person’s tax records – we'll get to that shortly. First, how to get your or instruct a client how to obtain their own. You can do so online or by mail, dating back approximately 7 years. You will have to directly contact the IRS for more historical records.
A transcript is not a copy of the return. Transcripts show most line items from your tax return (Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) as it was originally filed, including any accompanying forms and schedules. This transcript does not reflect any changes you, your representative or the IRS made after you filed your return. In many cases, a Return Transcript will meet the requirements of lending institutions offering mortgages and student loans. There is no charge for the service and records.
The URL is http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript
By mail, the following is helpful:
- Transcripts arrive in 5 to 10 calendar days.
- Choose from either a Tax Return or Tax Account.
- You will have to setup an account, online, by verifying information that only the taxpayer should know.
- View and print your transcript immediately.
- Choose any of a Tax Return, Tax Account, Record of Account, or Wage and Income transcripts or a Verification of Non-filing Letter.
So, how do you receive the same information for another individual? Not including a court order, to receive transcripts you will need consent via a release. This is from IRS form 4506-T for release to the individual or a third party (line 5 is for release to a third party) at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf. There is a fee for the records.
These transcripts are valid for any court proceeding – from dissolution of marriage to probate. As there is a rolling off to availability of the records, it is recommended that they are retrieved as soon as it is anticipated they may be needed.
Now about non-profits? These are public record and available by contacting the IRS by phone Tax Exempt/Government Entities Hotline at (877) 829-5500 or by sending a completed Form 4506-A to the address printed on the form (http://www.irs.gov/file_source/pub/irs-pdf/f4506a.pdf)
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