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replied 3 years ago.
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If you mailed actual copies - in most situations - they are held by the IRS for three years.
Information about your account including informational tax returns (W2, 1099's and similar forms) are stored in electronic versions (not actual copies) for 6 years - and you may get that information by requesting your tax account transcript for a specific year.
Lev. Tax Advisor replied 3 years ago.
1) How long does the IRS keep records on your account transcript.
Form W-2, Form 1099 series, Form 1098 series, or Form 5498 series transcript. The IRS can provide a transcript that includes data from these information returns. State or local information is not included with the Form W-2 information. The IRS may be able to provide this transcript information for up
to 10 years.
2) If you have a 1099 from 2001, will the IRS still have a copy of this ?
You may try to order a transcript - there is no fee for the transcript.
However - most likely the IRS will not provide any information.
But at least you will know if that information is available or not.
You have three easy and convenient options for getting copies of your federal tax return information--tax return transcripts and tax account transcripts--by phone. by mail, or online .
The new online ordering method, Order A Transcript. is available and makes ordering simple.
You may also request transcripts by calling 1-800-908-9946, or order by mail using IRS Form 4506T (Request for Transcript of Tax Return ) .
There is no fee for transcripts. Allow five to ten days for delivery if you order online or by phone.