As part of its ongoing efforts to protect taxpayers from identity thieves, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced it will stop its tax transcript faxing service in June and will amend the Form 4506 series to end third-party mailing of tax returns and transcripts in July.
Transcripts have become increasingly vulnerable as criminals impersonate taxpayers or authorized third parties. Identity thieves use tax transcripts to file fraudulent returns for refunds that are difficult to detect because they mirror a legitimate tax return.
Individual taxpayers have several options to obtain a tax transcript. They may:
- Using IRS.gov or the IRS2Go app to access Get Transcript Online; taxpayers must first verify their identities but may then immediately download or print their transcript
- Using IRS.gov or the IRS2Go app to access Get Transcript by Mail; the transcript will be delivered within 10 days to the address of record
- Calling 800-908-9946 for an automated Get Transcript by Mail feature
- Submitting Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, or 4506T-EZ, Short Form Request for Individual Tax Return Transcript, to have a transcript mailed to the taxpayer’s address of record
Tax practitioners have several options to obtain taxpayers’ transcripts going forward for tax preparation or representation purposes, including having them mailed to the taxpayers’ addresses and obtaining masked transcripts that hide personally identifiable information using the e-Services Transcript Delivery System.