Keeping a Copy Tax Return for Future Use

You may want to consider keeping up with all of your tax records, including a copy tax return from each year that you file your taxes. While you never know when a situation may arise that will require you have a copy, it is a great idea to have them on hand just in case. If you keep your records organized, then you will never have to request another copy- which can be time consuming and frustrating at times. The good news is that if you have not been keeping a good record, you can get a copy tax return for the past six years straight from the IRS.

Obtaining a Past Tax Return

If you find yourself needing to obtain a past tax return from a previous year, then you should know that there are copy tax return forms available online. If you are unable to print the forms online, you can also request that the IRS mail you a copy of the form that you can return back to them. You should know that it can take several weeks for them to locate the copy and send it to you. Therefore, if you need it as soon as possible you will want to learn ways to expedite the process. It can be done, but you must talk to one of the representatives at the IRS in order to do this unless you have access to your documents through an online tax filing option.

What to Do With Your Copy Tax Return

When you file your taxes every year, you need to print them and file them safely. You should label them so that you can quickly and easily find them from the previous years. Save the past six years at all times. You can keep them organized in a filing cabinet or a document holder. Just be sure to remember where you put them when you file them. If you file them, and put them up and cannot remember where you placed them, then it is really not even worth taking the time to file them in the first place. Just remember, if you ever lose a document you can recover it from the IRS.

Protecting Your Files

In order to protect yourself, you may want to invest in a fire proof safe to keep your important documents in. This will not only protect the copy tax return in the event of a fire, but will also be helpful if your home is broken into. You will not want your tax returns getting into the hands of the wrong person.

How Much Does It Cost?

When you are getting a copy tax return from the IRS, you may be assessed a fee. This is to cover the time and effort that it takes them to obtain the copies and send them out to you. This is usually a small fee, of less than around $20 depending on when you want the files from. They will have the copy tax return from the past six years. If you just need a transcript, then you can usually get those for the past three years. These usually have the same information, but it is condensed. You can usually use a transcript of your tax return instead of having to have a copy of the return. You will find that getting a transcript is much faster than getting a copy tax return as well. If you need a copy, then ask them if a transcript will suffice, and chances are they will say yes.

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