How To Request Past Tax Returns Online At

Tax payers can now go online and request copies of their tax returns which have been filed in the IRS for previous years and this can be done by visiting This online service is available for documents that include the 1040, 1040A or the 1040EZ from the years 2008 up until the year 2010. The W2 from 2003 to 2010 and the 1099 forms from the same years can be requested online as well. The last two types of documents may be requested as a tax payer or a spouse; even both if there is a need to do so.

The whole process takes about 5 minutes and delivery usually happens within moments of submitting a request. In the event that instant delivery doesn’t become available, the delivery will usually come through no later than 6pm on the same day as long as the request is submitted before 4pm.

About the IRS

IRS stands for Internal Revenue Service which is part of the treasury department in the US. It is the bureau that provides the federal government with revenue services. The IRS is headed by the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue and is also the bureau that is in charge of collecting taxes and interpreting and enforcing their Internal Revenue Code. The IRS calls Washington, D.C. its home and also has 5 centers located in key areas in the USA. These centers receive returns by way of the postal office.

How to request for past tax returns copies from the IRS

You will need a computer that has access to the Internet and you have to be sure the documents you want to find have been filed and recorded with the IRS. Below are the steps you need to follow.

  1. Visit the IRS website here

  2. Look to the left of the page and click on the “Need Copies of Past Tax Returns?”

  3. Look for the “Start New Request” link and click on that.

  4. You will be taken to a page where there are instructions. Read them and click on the “next” button.

  5. Look for the “create new” link if it is your first time. If not, click on the “edit existing” link.

  6. Enter a valid email address then come up with a password to secure your request. Click on the “next” button.

  7. Select the type and the time of the tax returns you want copies for and enter the required political details.

  8. Check that everything is correct and look for the “submit” link to complete the request.

  9. You may know more information about IRS online request and the Internal Revenue Service by checking the related links below.