What can I do if I need a copy of my US Expat tax return?
Did you know that you can obtain a copy of your IRS file? Most people would be surprised to learn how much the IRS knows about them. Obtaining a copy of your IRS file is critical in analyzing the options available to resolve your tax problems.
Even as an expatriate, you can request a transcript of your tax return. Transcripts provide taxpayers with a list of most of the line items on the tax returns they originally filed with all the forms and schedules. Transcripts are available for the current tax year plus the three past tax years.
If you or the IRS made any changes to the orginally filed return, you can request a tax account transcript. The tax account transcript shows the taxpayer basic data which will include their marital status, type of return filed, adjusted gross income and taxable income.
Transcripts are provided free of charge!
A taxpayer can choose one of three methods to request their transcripts
If you are overseas and still require an actual copy of a previously processed tax return, it will cost $57 for each tax year that you order. Complete Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, and mail it to the IRS
Individuals (Form 1040 Series)
Stop 6716 AUSC
Austin, TX 73301
All Other Returns
PO Box 9941
Mail Stop 6734
Ogden, UT 84409
Copies are generally available for the current year as well as the past six years.
Requesting copies of your IRS file is best done by a professional who understands how to obtain them without raising any red flags as well as how to interpret the information in your file. US Expat Tax Help has experienced tax professionals specializing in US expatriate taxation.