Frequently Asked Questions About Tax Records

Sometimes in life, it’s necessary for you to share your tax records with a third party. For example, if you want to apply for financial aid, the lender might want to see your tax returns to determine your eligibility for receiving such aid. You simply request a transcript of the return by using IRS Form 4506-T, which is free of charge. In the case of requesting financial aid, you can ask to have the transcript sent to you or for it to be sent to your prospective lender. You may have questions about the process, so here is a list of the answers to the top four:

1. What is the Timeframe for Transcript Recipt?

Whether you request the transcripts be sent to you or to a third party, they will usually arrive within 24-48 hours after the IRS receives the request for the transcripts. Be careful. There are less-than-savory, fly-by-night operations that promise eight-hour turnaround times. That is not part of the IRS’s program.

2. What Kind of Transcripts Can You Get by Submitting a 4506-T?
There are five possible transcripts available. They include:


You can request any version of the forms listed above.

3. Does it Cost Anything After Getting the Free Form?

Prices are variable, depending on your specific circumstances. It’s usually best to contact us for a quote before submitting the order. That way, there are no surprises.

4. What Happens if My Transcript Request is Denied?

It’s rare for such a request to be denied, but it does happen. Usually, the chief reason is that you forgot to include your address on the form or included an address that doesn’t match the address on your tax return. Form 4506-T includes a section for previous addresses for just this situation. Also, you should make sure your signature matches that on your tax return and is legible.

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Tips to Prevent Mortgage Fraud

People may not think they have control over issues related to mortgage fraud. However, when shopping for a home mortgage loan, potential borrowers may take some steps so they do not inadvertently engage in unethical activities.

Previously, lenders lessened requirements, only requiring applicants to provide the first two pages of their federal tax returns. Now, lenders require the entire return in addition to a signed Form 4506-T, which is the tax form that authorizes lenders to receive the tax record from the Internal Revenue System (IRS). By checking all documentation, lenders have the ability to spot any inconsistencies that could point to loan fraud.

Potential borrowers should know before going to a lender that the W-2 summary cannot tell the entire financial story. Normally, people deduct business expenses like a mobile phone used for work or mileage from their taxable income. When people write off expenses, lenders need to ensure the taxable income correctly shows.

Additionally, when attempting to qualify for a loan, people need to check to ensure they reported all sources of income. For example, those who own a rental property must take into consideration the cost of maintaining the building. They must deduct those costs from the generated rental income. Furthermore, those working as 1099 contractors also need to show a clear picture of what they earned in relation to the costs of keeping a home business. By correctly depreciating assets, borrowers may qualify for a higher loan. In contrast, trying to take too many deductions may raise a red flag. Deductions should be in line with previous tax returns.

Many people do not intentionally cause mortgage fraud. However, miscalculating expenses or having information not clearly accounted for has the potential to cause headaches for lenders and borrowers. By understanding that requirements may change depending on the overall health of the economy, borrowers can ensure they provide lenders with all the needed information to assist them in achieving a favorable loan.

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Form 4506 Definition

Buying a home involves a lot of paperwork, and the most important pieces of paperwork are tax returns. Mortgage companies use to allow home buyers to state their income without any documentation, which led to the housing market crash in 2008. Now, whenever someone is purchasing a home and applying for a mortgage, they must provide the mortgage company with several years of their tax returns to prove their income. Many people keep hard copies of their tax returns at home, but if these copies are not available, the home buyer can fill out IRS Form 4506 to request copies of their tax returns.

Two forms are used to request taxes. IRS Form 4506 is used to request copies of tax returns or to allow a third party to receive copies of a person’s tax returns. These copies include every filed tax document, and copies are available for the current tax year and the previous six years. Some people may confuse Form 4506 with Form 4506-T, but Form 4506-T only allows the recipient to receive a transcript of the tax returns. These transcripts do not present all the lines in the tax return, and they do not reflect any changes to the tax return after it was filed. Transcripts are available for the current year and the previous three years.

A lender needs to see the home buyers entire tax return to make an accurate lending decision. The home buyer should only request copies of tax returns for the years the lender asks for, and this request should occur within 60 days of signing a mortgage. It cost $50 to process each tax return copy, and a lender will typically add this fee into the loan. Since taxes contain important confidential information, be sure to know who is using these tax documents and why they need them to prevent any abuses.

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FAQ: 4506-T


Sometimes you or a third party individual or company might need to retrieve past tax return transcripts from the Internal Revenue Service, including W-2 Wage and Tax Statement, 1099 Miscellaneous Income, 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, 1120 U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return and 1065 U.S. Return of Partnership Income transcripts. IRS Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, is the document you must use to make the request.

It is important that you understand that Form 4506-T is not the same as Form 4506. While Form 4506-T helps you retrieve transcripts, Form 4506 helps you retrieve literal photocopies of returns. Additionally, Form 4506-T only allows you to request transcripts for the last four years of returns.

If you send your request direct to the Internal Revenue Service, your signature remains on file for 120 days. The IRS can take up to 60 days to send you or a third party the transcripts, but requests are often fulfilled in 10 days or less. Keep in mind that if you filed an extension for last year’s taxes, then you need to wait to submit your request since it usually takes approximately six to eight weeks from the time you submitted your documents for the IRS to update your taxpayer data. To prevent a rejection, you must watch out for common Form 4506-T errors, such as missing information, difficult to read handwriting and mixed up current and previous addresses details.

You can also use a transcript retrieval service or “bulk vendor.” Because these companies make bulk requests, they can usually provide you or your designated third party with requested transcripts in two days or less. That said, because of IRS policies, no vendor can typically provide you with transcripts on the same day of your request, especially under eight hours. Transcript retrieval companies charge a fee for their services. The prices vary based on different factors

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Why Homeowners Should Take Notice Of Their 4506-T


When people borrow money from lenders like banks and credit unions to buy a new home or they refinance an existing mortgage, they are asked to submit IRS Form 4506-T Request for Transcript of Tax Return to confirm past and most recent tax return income data via IRS transcripts. Before the housing bubble broke, lenders often approved loans based on an honor system where they took verbal confirmation of income from new borrowers and existing homeowners instead of hard copy confirmation from tax returns. Many borrowers lied about having higher incomes so that they could get bigger loans and better homes and then failed to make payments. These loans became known as “no documentation” or “liar” loans.

The Federal National Mortgage Association now requires that lenders request 4506-T both during the application process and then at closing to prevent this type of borrower fraud. With the approval of the borrower, 4506-T can supply a third party like a lender with four years worth of tax return income details. The cost of this double verification is usually presented by the lender as a free or fee-based service. In fee-based situations, the borrower might see the fee listed separately on paperwork or the lender might tell the borrower that the fee is included in the paperwork processing fees. Since it can take up to 60 days for the IRS to send the transcripts, a borrower should always date the form on the same day that they sign it.

Some lender and investor representatives have abused the trust of borrowers who gave them access to this private financial data by continuing to pull transcripts long after they no longer technically needed the details so that they could continue to check borrower income. As a result, it is important that borrowers restrict lender access by filling out every line of the form and only requesting returns for applicable years.

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