How do I get my tax documents online?

When students are selected for verification one of the common requirements is tax information. You can request free tax document(s) directly from the IRS. Tax documents can be ordered online at www.irs.gov or by calling 800-908-9946. You will have the option of ordering your online (immediate receipt) or sent in the mail (takes 5-10 business days to arrive). 

Before following the instructions below, please identify which tax document(s) you will need:

  • If you filed taxes:

    • Request a Tax Return Transcript

    • OR a signed paper copy of the original tax return (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ) that was used by the tax filer. This form cannot say "copy", it must be wet signed (no e-signature) and electronically uploaded. 

  • If you did not file taxes AND did not have any income: 

    • A signed statement certifying the individual didn't file and were not required to. 

  • If you did not file taxes but did have income:

    • A signed statement certifying the individual didn't file and were not required to, including a list of income sources and amounts earned from each source. 

    • AND a copy of all W-2 (or equivalent document) OR the Wage and Income Transcript

To order tax documents online:

  • Launch the website at www.irs.gov  and under the “Tools” tab click on “Get a tax transcript” and then “Get Transcript Online.” The Get Transcript Online tool allows the user to immediately receive an online PDF version of their IRS Tax Return Transcript or, if appropriate, a Wage and Income Transcript. 

  • The Get Transcript Online tool uses a new enhanced two-step, multi-factor authentication process that requires the user to register before submitting a transcript request.

  • To use the new Get Transcript Online tool, the user must have (1) access to a valid email address, (2) a text-enabled mobile phone (pay-as-you-go plans cannot be used) in the user’s name, and (3) specific financial account numbers (such as a credit card number or an account number for a home mortgage or auto loan). Note that the IRS Get Transcript Online registration process will not result in any charges to the card or to the financial account.

  • During the new Get Transcript Online registration process, the IRS will send the user a confirmation code via email and an authentication code via text. The IRS email and text will contain a one-time code that the user will use to finalize the Get Transcript Online registration. Note that the IRS will never request log-in information or personal data via email or text.

  • After confirming the email address you will be taken to the following page:

  • A tax filer who is not able to successfully register for the Get Transcript Online will be able to request a tax return transcript using one of the other methods discussed above.