April 7, 2020

Optima Tax Relief provides assistance to individuals struggling with unmanageable IRS tax burdens. To assess your tax situation and determine if you qualify for tax relief, contact us for a free consultation.

  • Learn how to recover lost or stolen tax documents in order to file your taxes. 
  • Reach out to the tax preparer that filed your returns and request copies.
  • If you used a tax filing software to file your taxes, you can log back in and review past returns that you previously filed.
  • Request a copy of your transcripts from the IRS either electronically or by mail.
  • Upload digital copies of your past tax years onto a secure server.

Tax season is such a chaotic time of the year, especially when it comes to scheduling tax appointments, finding the right tax preparer, and getting all your documents in order. What most people can’t plan for is when a natural disaster hits that could potentially devastate their community, their home, and any important documentation that was stored in their home. 

So what can you do if a natural disaster has caused you to lose tax documents? Here are a few ways that will help you recover your important information and get back on track with filing your tax return:

  • Contact the IRS. If your area has been federally declared a disaster area, you can call 866-562-5227 and speak with an IRS agent who is specialized to assist taxpayers affected by natural disasters.
  • Get a copy of your tax return. If you are in need of past tax returns because they were damaged in a natural disaster, you can always reach out to the tax preparer that filed your returns and request copies. If you used a tax filing software to file your taxes, you can log back in and review past returns that you previously filed.
  • Request a transcript. If you are unable to access your previous tax years, you can always request a copy of your transcripts from the IRS either electronically or by mail. 
  • Create digital copies. Upload digital copies of your past tax years onto a secure server so if a natural disaster ever occurs you will have back-up copies on file to refer back to.

If you need tax help, contact us for a free consultation.