Handling Lost Tax Information with a Copy Tax Return

Lost Tax Returns

While there are many scenarios we consider when we create a copy tax return before filing out income taxes, we seldom consider the chance that the US postal service or the IRS may lose our tax return. While this can be a stressful situation, it is not the end of the world. Making a copy of your taxes before submitting them can make it much easier to recover from something like this happening. It also helps you to verify that you submitted your tax return on time. This helps you to avoid late fees and penalties that may be assessed. If you are about to file your taxes, you should be sure to make a copy tax return for your records.

The Bad News

The bad news about having a lost copy tax return is that it didn’t just disappear into thin air. The documents are still floating around somewhere. This means someone that you likely do not know and never intended to see your tax returns has access to them. Tax returns have a lot of vital information about you. Things like your name, address, social security number and various other things that could be used to steal your identity are located in those documents. Be sure to take precautions if this happens, keep a close eye on your credit report and consider getting a temporary lock on your credit. This is true even if you have lost your personal copy of tax returns. Make sure you cover all your bases.

Personal Copy Tax Returns

Even in the best of circumstances, it is possible to lose your copy tax returns. Sometimes this is because of an uncontrollable circumstance such as a house fire, or a theft. No matter how you lose your personal tax copy, the IRS will be able to replace it for you. If you are requesting one for the last three years then there will be no charge. They can be requested over the phone or by mail. Simply call or fill out form 4506 to request a copy tax return to replace the one that is missing.

Protecting your Records

Since tax returns are important documents that contain a plethora of vital information, then you may consider taking precautions to keep them safe. The best method is a fireproof safe. This will protect them from the hands of thieves as well as events like fire that can take a huge toll on your life. They are available in a variety of places and are often quite inexpensive.

Losing Your Tax Return Check

One of the worst things that can happen is the loss of your tax return check. For this reason, it is important to keep an eye on your tax return process via the IRS web site. The web site will provide you with up to date information that will help you to keep a close eye on your copy tax return. If it says your check has been mailed and you have not received it within seven to ten business days, then it is likely that there is a problem. Make sure that you contact the IRS and inform them. They will be able to cancel the check and issue a new copy to you. Unfortunately this will take a little time, but it is better than allowing your refund to be fraudulently cashed by someone else. One of the best ways to avoid the loss of your tax return check is to have it direct deposited to your bank account.

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