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The IRS Enters Modern Era: Get Your Tax Records Online

The treasury department announced during Thursday's Datapalooza that you can now download previous years' tax returns from the internet.
CNN -- The White House hosted an "Education Datapalooza" this week, unveiling several initiatives to make college more affordable. But one slightly overlooked announcement may be a big help to people during tax season.

The treasury department announced during Thursday's Datapalooza that you can now download previous years' tax returns from the internet.

This is one of those, "Welcome To The 21st Century" cases, because before, people had to fill out a questionnaire -- then wait five to ten business days for copies to come in the mail -- something you can still do -- but this is a huge improvement, especially if you need tax records right away.

Now, you can just go online, set up an account, answer some security questions, and then download a few years worth of previous tax returns.

The website Techcrunch.com reported that the site did have some minor bugs -- its reporter said he had problems with his username and password, and had trouble logging in -- but was eventually able to make it work after a few minutes.

Still -- this is a major improvement that can help a lot of people, especially if you get audited.

If you would like to get copies of tax records from previous years, the IRS website address is www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript
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