IRS Form 4506 "Request for Copy of Tax Return"

What Is IRS Form 4506?

This is a tax form that was released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - a subdivision of the U.S. Department of the Treasury on March 1, 2019. As of today, no separate filing guidelines for the form are provided by the IRS.

Form Details:

  • A 2-page form available for download in PDF;
  • Actual and valid for filing 2020 taxes;
  • Additional instructions and information can be found on page 2 of the document;
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4506
Request for Copy of Tax Return
Form
Do not sign this form unless all applicable lines have been completed.
OMB No. 1545-0429
(Novmeber 2020)
Request may be rejected if the form is incomplete or illegible.
Department of the Treasury
For more information about Form 4506, visit www.irs.gov/form4506.
Internal Revenue Service
Tip. You may be able to get your tax return or return information from other sources. If you had your tax return completed by a paid preparer, they
should be able to provide you a copy of the return. The IRS can provide a Tax Return Transcript for many returns free of charge. The transcript
provides most of the line entries from the original tax return and usually contains the information that a third party (such as a mortgage company)
requires. See Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, or you can quickly request transcripts by using our automated self-help service
tools. Please visit us at IRS.gov and click on “Get a Tax Transcript...” or call 1-800-908-9946.
1a Name shown on tax return. If a joint return, enter the name shown first.
1b First social security number on tax return,
individual taxpayer identification number, or
employer identification number (see instructions)
2a If a joint return, enter spouse’s name shown on tax return.
2b Second social security number or individual
taxpayer identification number if joint tax return
3 Current name, address (including apt., room, or suite no.), city, state, and ZIP code (see instructions)
4 Previous address shown on the last return filed if different from line 3 (see instructions)
5 If the tax return is to be mailed to a third party (such as a mortgage company), enter the third party’s name, address, and telephone number.
Caution: If the tax return is being sent to the third party, ensure that lines 5 through 7 are completed before signing. (see instructions).
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Tax return requested. Form 1040, 1120, 941, etc. and all attachments as originally submitted to the IRS, including Form(s) W-2,
schedules, or amended returns. Copies of Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ are generally available for 7 years from filing before they are
destroyed by law. Other returns may be available for a longer period of time. Enter only one return number. If you need more than one
type of return, you must complete another Form 4506.
Note: If the copies must be certified for court or administrative proceedings, check here .
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Fee. There is a $43 fee for each return requested. Full payment must be included with your request or it will
be rejected. Make your check or money order payable to “United States Treasury.” Enter your SSN, ITIN,
or EIN and “Form 4506 request” on your check or money order.
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If we cannot find the tax return, we will refund the fee. If the refund should go to the third party listed on line 5, check here .
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Caution: Do not sign this form unless all applicable lines have been completed.
Signature of taxpayer(s). I declare that I am either the taxpayer whose name is shown on line 1a or 2a, or a person authorized to obtain the tax return
requested. If the request applies to a joint return, at least one spouse must sign. If signed by a corporate officer, 1 percent or more shareholder, partner,
managing member, guardian, tax matters partner, executor, receiver, administrator, trustee, or party other than the taxpayer, I certify that I have the authority to
execute Form 4506 on behalf of the taxpayer. Note: This form must be received by IRS within 120 days of the signature date.
Signatory attests that he/she has read the attestation clause and upon so reading
Phone number of taxpayer on line
declares that he/she has the authority to sign the Form 4506. See instructions.
1a or 2a
Signature (see instructions)
Date
Sign
Here
Print/Type name
Title (if line 1a above is a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust)
Spouse’s signature
Date
Print/Type name
4506
For Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, see page 2.
Form
(Rev. 11-2020)
Cat. No. 41721E
4506
Request for Copy of Tax Return
Form
Do not sign this form unless all applicable lines have been completed.
OMB No. 1545-0429
(Novmeber 2020)
Request may be rejected if the form is incomplete or illegible.
Department of the Treasury
For more information about Form 4506, visit www.irs.gov/form4506.
Internal Revenue Service
Tip. You may be able to get your tax return or return information from other sources. If you had your tax return completed by a paid preparer, they
should be able to provide you a copy of the return. The IRS can provide a Tax Return Transcript for many returns free of charge. The transcript
provides most of the line entries from the original tax return and usually contains the information that a third party (such as a mortgage company)
requires. See Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, or you can quickly request transcripts by using our automated self-help service
tools. Please visit us at IRS.gov and click on “Get a Tax Transcript...” or call 1-800-908-9946.
1a Name shown on tax return. If a joint return, enter the name shown first.
1b First social security number on tax return,
individual taxpayer identification number, or
employer identification number (see instructions)
2a If a joint return, enter spouse’s name shown on tax return.
2b Second social security number or individual
taxpayer identification number if joint tax return
3 Current name, address (including apt., room, or suite no.), city, state, and ZIP code (see instructions)
4 Previous address shown on the last return filed if different from line 3 (see instructions)
5 If the tax return is to be mailed to a third party (such as a mortgage company), enter the third party’s name, address, and telephone number.
Caution: If the tax return is being sent to the third party, ensure that lines 5 through 7 are completed before signing. (see instructions).
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Tax return requested. Form 1040, 1120, 941, etc. and all attachments as originally submitted to the IRS, including Form(s) W-2,
schedules, or amended returns. Copies of Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ are generally available for 7 years from filing before they are
destroyed by law. Other returns may be available for a longer period of time. Enter only one return number. If you need more than one
type of return, you must complete another Form 4506.
Note: If the copies must be certified for court or administrative proceedings, check here .
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Year or period requested. Enter the ending date of the tax year or period using the mm/dd/yyyy format (see instructions).
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Fee. There is a $43 fee for each return requested. Full payment must be included with your request or it will
be rejected. Make your check or money order payable to “United States Treasury.” Enter your SSN, ITIN,
or EIN and “Form 4506 request” on your check or money order.
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Cost for each return .
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If we cannot find the tax return, we will refund the fee. If the refund should go to the third party listed on line 5, check here .
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Caution: Do not sign this form unless all applicable lines have been completed.
Signature of taxpayer(s). I declare that I am either the taxpayer whose name is shown on line 1a or 2a, or a person authorized to obtain the tax return
requested. If the request applies to a joint return, at least one spouse must sign. If signed by a corporate officer, 1 percent or more shareholder, partner,
managing member, guardian, tax matters partner, executor, receiver, administrator, trustee, or party other than the taxpayer, I certify that I have the authority to
execute Form 4506 on behalf of the taxpayer. Note: This form must be received by IRS within 120 days of the signature date.
Signatory attests that he/she has read the attestation clause and upon so reading
Phone number of taxpayer on line
declares that he/she has the authority to sign the Form 4506. See instructions.
1a or 2a
Signature (see instructions)
Date
Sign
Here
Print/Type name
Title (if line 1a above is a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust)
Spouse’s signature
Date
Print/Type name
4506
For Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, see page 2.
Form
(Rev. 11-2020)
Cat. No. 41721E
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Form 4506 (Rev. 11-2020)
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Individuals. Copies of jointly filed tax returns may
Chart for all other returns
Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code
be furnished to either spouse. Only one signature is
unless otherwise noted.
required. Sign Form 4506 exactly as your name
For returns not in
appeared on the original return. If you changed your
Future Developments
Form 1040 series,
name, also sign your current name.
Mail to:
if the address on
For the latest information about Form 4506 and its
Corporations. Generally, Form 4506 can be
instructions, go to www.irs.gov/form4506.
the return was in:
signed by: (1) an officer having legal authority to bind
the corporation, (2) any person designated by the
General Instructions
board of directors or other governing body, or (3)
Connecticut, Delaware,
any officer or employee on written request by any
District of Columbia,
Caution: Do not sign this form unless all applicable
principal officer and attested to by the secretary or
Georgia, Illinois, Indiana,
lines, including lines 5 through 7, have been
other officer. A bona fide shareholder of record
Kentucky, Maine,
completed.
owning 1 percent or more of the outstanding stock
Maryland,
Designated Recipient Notification. Internal
of the corporation may submit a Form 4506 but must
Massachusetts,
Internal Revenue Service
Revenue Code, Section 6103(c), limits disclosure
provide documentation to support the requester's
Michigan, New
RAIVS Team
and use of return information received pursuant to
right to receive the information.
Hampshire, New Jersey,
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the taxpayer’s consent and holds the recipient
New York, North
Kansas City, MO
Partnerships. Generally, Form 4506 can be
subject to penalties for any unauthorized access,
Carolina, Ohio,
64999
signed by any person who was a member of the
other use, or redisclosure without the taxpayer’s
Pennsylvania, Rhode
partnership during any part of the tax period
express permission or request.
Island, South Carolina,
requested on line 7.
Tennessee, Vermont,
Taxpayer Notification. Internal Revenue Code,
All others. See section 6103(e) if the taxpayer has
Virginia, West Virginia,
Section 6103(c), limits disclosure and use of return
died, is insolvent, is a dissolved corporation, or if a
Wisconsin
information provided pursuant to your consent and
trustee, guardian, executor, receiver, or
holds the recipient subject to penalties, brought by
administrator is acting for the taxpayer.
private right of action, for any unauthorized access,
Alabama, Alaska,
Note: If you are Heir at law, Next of kin, or
other use, or redisclosure without your express
Arizona, Arkansas,
Beneficiary you must be able to establish a material
permission or request.
California, Colorado,
interest in the estate or trust.
Florida, Hawaii, Idaho,
Purpose of form. Use Form 4506 to request a copy
Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana,
Documentation. For entities other than individuals,
of your tax return. You can also designate (on line 5)
Minnesota, Mississippi,
you must attach the authorization document. For
a third party to receive the tax return.
Missouri, Montana,
example, this could be the letter from the principal
How long will it take? It may take up to 75
Nebraska, Nevada, New
officer authorizing an employee of the corporation or
calendar days for us to process your request.
Mexico, North Dakota,
Internal Revenue Service
the letters testamentary authorizing an individual to
Where to file. Attach payment and mail Form 4506
Oklahoma, Oregon,
RAIVS Team
act for an estate.
to the address below for the state you lived in, or the
South Dakota, Texas,
P.O. Box 9941
Signature by a representative. A representative
state your business was in, when that return was
Utah, Washington,
Mail Stop 6734
can sign Form 4506 for a taxpayer only if this
filed. There are two address charts: one for
Wyoming, a foreign
Ogden, UT 84409
authority has been specifically delegated to the
individual returns (Form 1040 series) and one for all
country, American
representative on Form 2848, line 5a. Form 2848
other returns.
Samoa, Puerto Rico,
showing the delegation must be attached to Form
Guam, the
If you are requesting a return for more than one
4506.
Commonwealth of the
year or period and the chart below shows two
Northern Mariana
different addresses, send your request based on the
Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act
Islands, the U.S. Virgin
address of your most recent return.
Notice. We ask for the information on this form to
Islands, or A.P.O. or
establish your right to gain access to the requested
Chart for individual returns
F.P.O. address
return(s) under the Internal Revenue Code. We need
(Form 1040 series)
this information to properly identify the return(s) and
Specific Instructions
respond to your request. If you request a copy of a
If you filed an
tax return, sections 6103 and 6109 require you to
individual return
Mail to:
Line 1b. Enter the social security number (SSN) or
provide this information, including your SSN or EIN,
and lived in:
individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) for
to process your request. If you do not provide this
the individual listed on line 1a, or enter the employer
information, we may not be able to process your
identification number (EIN) for the business listed on
request. Providing false or fraudulent information
Florida, Louisiana,
line 1a. For example, if you are requesting Form
may subject you to penalties.
Mississippi, Texas, a
1040 that includes Schedule C (Form 1040), enter
foreign country, American
Routine uses of this information include giving it to
Internal Revenue Service
your SSN.
Samoa, Puerto Rico,
the Department of Justice for civil and criminal
RAIVS Team
Guam, the
Line 3. Enter your current address. If you use a P.O.
litigation, and cities, states, the District of Columbia,
Stop 6716 AUSC
Commonwealth of the
box, please include it on this line 3.
and U.S. commonwealths and possessions for use
Austin, TX 73301
Northern Mariana Islands,
in administering their tax laws. We may also
Line 4. Enter the address shown on the last return
the U.S. Virgin Islands, or
disclose this information to other countries under a
filed if different from the address entered on line 3.
A.P.O. or F.P.O. address
tax treaty, to federal and state agencies to enforce
Note. If the addresses on lines 3 and 4 are different
federal nontax criminal laws, or to federal law
and you have not changed your address with the
enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat
Alabama, Arkansas,
IRS, file Form 8822, Change of Address, or Form
terrorism.
Delaware, Georgia,
8822-B,Change of Address or Responsible Party —
You are not required to provide the information
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,
Business, with Form 4506.
requested on a form that is subject to the Paperwork
Kentucky, Maine,
Line 7. Enter the end date of the tax year or period
Internal Revenue Service
Reduction Act unless the form displays a valid OMB
Massachusetts,
requested in mm/dd/yyyy format. This may be a
RAIVS Team
control number. Books or records relating to a form
Minnesota, Missouri,
calendar year, fiscal year or quarter. Enter each
Stop 6705 S-2
or its instructions must be retained as long as their
New Hampshire, New
quarter requested for quarterly returns. Example:
contents may become material in the administration
Kansas City, MO 64999
Jersey, New York, North
Enter 12/31/2018 for a calendar year 2018 Form
of any Internal Revenue law. Generally, tax returns
Carolina, Oklahoma,
1040 return, or 03/31/2017 for a first quarter Form
and return information are confidential, as required
South Carolina,
941 return.
by section 6103.
Tennessee, Vermont,
Signature and date. Form 4506 must be signed and
Virginia, Wisconsin
The time needed to complete and file Form 4506
dated by the taxpayer listed on line 1a or 2a. The
will vary depending on individual circumstances. The
IRS must receive Form 4506 within 120 days of the
estimated average time is: Learning about the law
Alaska, Arizona,
date signed by the taxpayer or it will be rejected.
or the form, 10 min.; Preparing the form, 16 min.;
California, Colorado,
Ensure that all applicable lines, including lines 5
and Copying, assembling, and sending the form
Connecticut, District of
through 7, are completed before signing.
to the IRS, 20 min.
Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho,
Internal Revenue Service
Kansas, Maryland,
If you have comments concerning the accuracy of
You must check the box in the
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RAIVS Team
Michigan, Montana,
these time estimates or suggestions for making
signature area to acknowledge you
P.O. Box 9941
Nebraska, Nevada, New
Form 4506 simpler, we would be happy to hear from
have the authority to sign and request
Mail Stop 6734
Mexico, North Dakota,
you. You can write to:
Ogden, UT 84409
CAUTION
the information. The form will not be
Ohio, Oregon,
Internal Revenue Service
Pennsylvania, Rhode
processed and returned to you if the box is
Tax Forms and Publications Division
Island, South Dakota,
unchecked.
1111 Constitution Ave. NW, IR-6526
Utah, Washington, West
Washington, DC 20224.
Virginia, Wyoming
Do not send the form to this address. Instead, see
Where to file on this page.
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