In July 2010 I had a backup accident with my computer. I’m still experiencing issues from that time. One huge problem was that I used tax software and I had made an electronic copy of our income tax returns. You know, trying to go paperless? I think I’ve learned my lesson by now and won’t be going paperless any time in the near future.
I needed to recreate our tax returns and so I set about getting copies so that I could do so.
After I got the copy back in the mail I relaxed a little bit, and promptly forgot that I also needed to order our state income tax return. I went to the Arizona Department of Revenue’s website thinking it would be fairly easy to find what I was looking for.
Of course not.
Logically I thought a form to request a copy of one’s tax return would be under Individual Forms. Dozens of individual tax forms are listed, but nothing to request a copy.
I finally called the state and learned I would need Form 450. I thought I must have missed the form, so I went back to the site. Again I could not find the form. Finally I did a Google site search on the site and found that it is located under the Forms > Other tab.
Form 450 will allow you to request a copy of any form you are in need of. The checkbox choices are:
- Individual Income Tax Return
- Corporate Tax Return
- Transaction Privilege and Use Tax
- Withholding Tax
I have downloaded a copy of the PDF which you can have by clicking here: Form 450.
When I talked to the state they told me they could send out a transcript of my return at no charge, so I had them to that just to see what would come back. It was similar to the Federal transcript and I decided to order a copy of our state return. The state fees are much more reasonable than Federal. They only ask for $1.00 for the first page and $0.10 for each additional page.
I didn’t know how many pages made up my return, so I sent a check for two dollars and sent a little post it note attached to the check and asked them to donate the remainder to the state.
When my “copy” arrived in the mail, it was the same thing as the earlier free transcript, along with a letter that said I’d overpaid for my copies and to watch for a check to arrive in the mail.
Uh… the return was five pages, so that means the state will be cutting a check for fifty cents.
Oh dear. No wonder the state of Arizona is broke.
One more thing… when I put together my son AJ’s request for his state income tax return, out of habit I typed in my older son’s social security number. We just received the letter back from the state telling us that there was no return available.
Finally all the copies will be here, and I’ll be able to start our income taxes for 2010. I want everything in the tax software from last year so when the data is pulled over into the new year it will be correct.