Form 4506 (not 4506-T) is the IRS tax form for requesting a copy of tax return, hence the name—Request for Copy of Tax Return. This tax form is similar to the Form 4506-T but can only be used to request a copy of original tax return.
To know why you should fill out a Form 4506 and mail it to the IRS, you first need to know the difference between a tax return and a tax transcript.
A tax return is the original Form 1040 and forms, schedules, and other supporting documents that is used for filing a 1040.
On the other hand, a tax transcript is a summary of all this information. You can think of tax transcripts as a less detailed tax return that shows your adjusted gross income, taxes owed, and tax refund. So don’t request a tax transcript if you need the details.
Below, you can get the Form 4506 to request prior year tax returns from the IRS in 2021.
Note: Form 4506 can’t be filed electronically. A paper Form 4506 must be submitted to the IRS to request a copy of a tax return.
2021 Form 4506 Online Fillable
Form 4506 Mailing Address
|State of Residence||Mailing Address|
|Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, a foreign country, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or F.P.O. or A.P.O address||Internal Revenue Service|
Stop 6716 AUSC
Austin, TX 73301
|Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming||Internal Revenue Service|
Fresno, CA 93888
|Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia||Internal Revenue Service|
Stop 6705 S2
Kansas City, MO 6499
The mailing addresses above are for individual tax returns. If you’re requesting a different type of tax return, mail Form 4506 to the following address.
Internal Revenue Service
Post Office Box 9941
Mail Stop 6734
Ogden, UT 84409