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You can always obtain a copy of the tax return from the IRS. You can call the IRS or walk into an IRS regional customer service center to request one. You can also use Form 4506 or 4506-T and mail it in. The electronic transcript requested by Form 4506-T is usually good for general purpose. If you need an exact copy, fill out 4506. The turnaround time for 4506-T is usually about 10 days to two weeks. Form 4506 can take up to three months. If you just need to prove that you filed the return, request for a return history transcript.
Fiona Chen, MPA, Ph.D., CPA, ABV, CFF, CITP