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IRS: Prepare for hurricanes, disasters by safeguarding tax records

With the start of this year’s hurricane season, the Internal Revenue Service encourages you to safeguard against natural disasters by taking a few simple steps.

•Create a backup set of records electronically

•Document valuables

•Update emergency plans

•Check on fiduciary bonds

IRS ready to help

If disaster strikes, an affected taxpayer can call 1-866-562-5227 to speak with an IRS specialist trained to handle disaster-related issues.

Back copies of previously-filed tax returns and all attachments, including Forms W-2, can be requested by filing Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return.

Alternatively, transcripts showing most line items on these returns can be ordered on-line, by calling 1-800-908-9946 or by using Form 4506T-EZ, Short Form Request for Individual Tax Return Transcript or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return.

IRS YouTube Videos

Preparing for Disasters: English | Spanish | ASL

How to Request a Copy of Your Tax Return: English | Spanish | ASL

Podcast
Disaster Assistance: English | Spanish

Related Items:

Tax Relief in Disaster Situations

Frequently Asked Questions for Disaster Victims

Publication 552, Recordkeeping for Individuals

Publication 583, Starting a Business and Keeping Records


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