Electronically Filed Returns
Guidance from the Department of Education and the IRS suggests that if you file your taxes electronically and have any owed taxes paid in full at the time of submission or are due a refund, IRS Tax Return Transcripts will be available 2 - 4 weeks after your return has been processed.
If you filed electronically, but do not pay in full any taxes due, your tax return will not be processed until May and you may request your IRS Tax Return Transcript 2 - 3 weeks after that point.
Paper Filed Returns
Those that file a paper return will unfortunately need to wait even longer to make the request for their tax return transcript. If you expect a refund or owe no additional taxes, you can request your transcript 8 - 11 weeks after your tax return has been submitted and received.
If you owe any amount, even if it is paid in full at the time your return is submitted, your tax return will not be processed until June and you will not be able to request your transcript until 2 - 3 weeks after that point.
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