Internal Revenue Service (IRS): How can I complete the Verification of Non-Filing?

An IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter provides proof that the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) has no record of a filed Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ for the year requested.

Non-Tax-filers can request an IRS Verification of Non-filing of their tax return status, free of charge, from the IRS in one of three ways:

  1. Online Request
  2. Telephone Request
  3. Paper Request via Mail
If you typically would have filed a Puerto Rican or Foreign Income Tax Return, you must submit appropriate non-filing documentation from a relevant tax authority.

Additional resources:

Online Request

Note:
This method is typically not available if the requester has never filed taxes in prior years. If this is the case, the paper request process should be used. 
  • Navigate to the IRS website, www.irs.gov
  • Under Tools, select Get a tax transcript
  • Select Get Transcript ONLINE 
  • Enter the non-filer’s Social Security Number, email address, filing status, account numbers for loan or credit card associated with your name, and mobile phone associated with your name.
Note: If at any point the identity cannot be validated, then the Paper Request via Mail option can be used.
  • Select Continue
  • Select Verification of Non-filing Letter and in the Tax Year field, enter the applicable year for the request.
  • If successfully validated, the IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter can be viewed.
  • Sign and submit the IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter, if requested, via Help@UMUC.

Telephone Request

Note:
This method is typically not available if the requester has never filed taxes in prior years. If this is the case, the paper request process should be used. 
  • Contact the IRS by calling, 1(800) 908-9946
  • Non-filers must follow prompts to enter their social security number and the numbers in their street address. Generally, this will be numbers of the street address that was listed on the latest tax return filed.
  • Select Option 2 to request an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter and then enter the applicable year for the request.
  • If successfully validated, non-filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter at the address provided in their telephone request within 5 to 10 days from the time of the request.
Note: The IRS cannot sent the IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter requested by telephone directly to a third party.
  • Sign and submit the IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter, if requested, via Help@UMUC.

Paper Request via Mail
  • Download IRS Form 4506-T at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf
  • Complete lines 1-4, following the instructions on page 2 of the form.
  • Line 3: Enter the non-filer's street address and zip or postal code. Use the address currently on file with the IRS.
  • Line 5 provides non-filers with the option to have their IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter mailed directly to a third party by the IRS. Do not have your IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter sent directly to UMUC.
  • Line 6: Enter tax form number 1040.
  • Line 7: Select the checkbox on the right hand side for Verification of Non-filing.
  • Line 9: Year or period requested field, enter the applicable date for the rest, i.e. for 2015 enter 12/31/2015.
  • The non-filer must sign and date the form and enter their telephone number. Only one signature is required when requesting a joint IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter.
  • Mail or fax the completed IRS Form 4506-T to the address (or FAX number) provided on page 2 of Form 4506-T.
  • If the 4506-T information is successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter at the address provided on their request within 5 to 10 days.
  • Sign and submit the IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter, if requested, via Help@UMUC.

Sample IRS Verification Letter
 

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Address-Matching Suggestions

When entering the information into the IRS address matching system note the following:
  1. The address entered must be an exact match to the address already on file with the IRS.
  2. The address on file is typically the address on your most recent tax return.
  3. Spelling out the word “street” rather than using the abbreviation “st.” can be enough to cause an error.
  4. Addresses on the IRS system are auto-corrected through a post office program and may not match what you put on your tax return.
We suggest the following if you run into problems:
  1. Have your taxes in front of you and enter the address carefully, exactly as it appears on your return.
  2. If you entered your address as it appears on your return and it does not work, try using the standardized version of your address.
To get a standardized version of your address: 
  1. Go to www.usps.com 
  2. Click Look Up a Zip Code
  3. Enter Street Address, City, State
  4. Select Find

Acceptable Forms of Non-Filing Documentation
 
The following are acceptable forms of IRS documentation of non-filing status:

 
Acceptable Documentation
FormWhich States:
IRS Form 13873Form is provided to the individual as verification of non-filing
IRS Form 13873IRS has no record of a tax return
IRS Tax Return TranscriptNo record of return filed
IRS Tax Return TranscriptNo transcript on file
Other IRS DocumentIRS does not have tax return on file for tax year

The following are not acceptable forms of IRS documentation of non-filing status:
Unacceptable Documentation
FormWhich States:
IRS Form 13873Unable to fulfill document request because request included inaccurate information
IRS Form 13873Unable to fulfill document request because request was incomplete
IRS Tax Return TranscriptRequest could not be honored
IRS Tax Return TranscriptMessage unclear