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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An Indepth Look At The Tax Transcripts & 4506-Ts


Lenders have begun experiencing difficulty in regards to obtaining tax information from the IRS. Initially the IRS blamed the slow transcript turn times on budget cuts. The IRS believes that their computers are running slower even as employees get paid less. It is true that the IRS is experiencing a lack of funding and difficult decisions are being made as a result of this.

Freddie Mac responded to some issues where requests submitted through IRS Form 4506-T, request for transcript of tax return are getting returned with a code of limitations. This code will guard against identity fraud and keep criminals from getting unauthorized access to taxpayer information. IRS form 4506-T is structured to point out a borrower’s income or their Social Security number. You can guard against fraud by looking at the single family mortgage fraud best practices document.

Fannie Mae does not require tax transcripts. All lenders must obtain a completed and signed IRS Form 4506-T during the underwriting process. Lenders can submit borrower income. The IRS has made policy changes, which means that third party requests for IRS transcripts may be rejected or blocked.

Delays in getting IRS transcripts has caused some mortgage companies to give temporary guidance to meet any underwriting requirements. Penny Mac is working with USDA Rural Housing’s Single Family Housing origination update to look at tax transcript rejections from the IRS.

Envoy Mortgage has announced that 1040 tax transcripts will no longer be required. The IRS is denying requested tax transcripts. The IRS will mail a notification to the borrower talking about the situation. The IRS won’t give the tax transcripts directly to the lender, they will have to get them from the IRS. The IRS application called Get Transcript has been temporarily closed because people can receive access to personal tax payer information.

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Can A Mortgage Lender Request Prior Tax Returns?

arizona-fha-mortgage-lender-phoenixOne of the most time-consuming aspects of the mortgage application process is gathering together all of the paperwork your mortgage lender requires. Included in the many items that lenders commonly request are prior years’ tax returns. It is common for lenders to ask to see the last two or three years of personal tax returns as well as business or partnership tax returns if they are applicable to you. With a closer look at why lenders ask for these documents, you will see why they are important to your loan application process.

Your Sources of Income
One of the first things your lender will look for when reviewing previous years’ tax returns is your sources of income and what those income amounts are. They essentially are used to verify the information you provided on your loan application. Everything from your W-2 income to self-employed income, rental income and more may be reviewed.

Your Deductions
Many people claim numerous deductions on their personal tax returns, and some of these deductions can be eye-opening to a lender. For example, if you claimed a considerably high deduction for uniforms and other work-related expenses, the lender may require an explanation regarding this to determine if this is an on-going expense that needs to be included in your net income calculation.

Other Information
There are other details listed on a tax return that may be important as well. For example, the payment or receipt of alimony or child support are typically found on tax returns as are your number of dependents. This is information that may have also been included on your loan application and that can be verified through a tax return.

While it can be burdensome to provide a mortgage lender with so much information, you can see that there are legitimate reasons why the lender is asking for your tax returns. Providing all information as soon as possible can help to facilitate the loan process.

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Why New Home Buyers Should Keep Track Of Their 4506-T

first-time-homebuyers1The mortgage market has fraudulent activities. So, lenders want to protect themselves against unscrupulous borrowers. The IRS Form 4506 T gives loan officers permission to get your IRS transcripts. The transcripts show various years of your federal income tax filing.

You do not have a choice when presented with Form 4506 T. All borrowers have to sign it to give the lender permission to look over past tax filings. The information you put in your application has to agree with the Form 4506 T. If not, your loan may take longer to process.

The form is not a new procedure. The IRS has been disclosing information about lenders over the years. But, they only did so at the close of escrow for self-employed individuals with gaps in income. The new rules affect all borrowers per Fannie Mae.

Fannie Mae asks lenders to get two sets of electronic transcripts from all borrowers. A Form 4506 T has to be present during the application process and also at the time of closing. Borrowers also have to show proof of employment. The forms the lenders get when asking for Form 4506 T includes 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. Other types include W2, 1098s, and 1099s.

Borrowers have it much harder to get a loan because of the new rules. Apart from the tax returns, lenders may ask for specific tax tables. The schedules include B through F, Schedule K-1, Form 2106, or business forms. That is why it is important to keep track of Form 4506 T.

Self-employed individuals have to jump through more hurdles. The number of years to show proof is up to four. So, they have to show proof of personal income tax returns and business tax returns. They have to file separate transcripts for each return. The lender would send two Form 4506 Transcripts. One transcript is for the personal income tax, and the other is the business tax return.

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