IRS Wage and Income Transcript

An IRS Wage and Income Transcript includes most of the information reported on an IRS Form W-2. It contains information from any employers who reported your income to the IRS during a particular tax year.  It includes the required items to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) verification process.


Who is required to submit this document?

Only submit an IRS Wage and Income Transcript if:

  • Your FAFSA has been selected for verification. Please check your ULink ‘Task’ list for a Verification form. AND,
  • Your verification form requests any W-2s if you worked in the tax year referenced on the form. AND,
  • You are unable to request or obtain copies of your W-2s from your employer.

Please note that pay-stubs cannot be used to complete the verification process.  If you are completing verification and are unable to obtain a W-2 from your employer, please see the information below:

  • The 2021-2022 Verification form will request income information for the 2019 tax year.
  • The 2020-2021 Verification form will request income information for the 2018 tax year.

How do I obtain my IRS Wage and Income Transcript for submission with my verification form?

A Wage and Income Transcript can be requested from the IRS, free of charge.

Please contact UofL’s Student Financial Aid Office at 502.852.5511 during office hours if the IRS request options below do not work, you do not receive the wage and income transcript from the IRS, or if you have any questions.

 1.    Online Request (IRS Website)

  • Available on the IRS website.
  • Click the Get your tax record link on the home page.
  • Choose the Get TranscriptOnline or Get Transcript byMail option.
  • Make sure to request Wage and Income Transcript.
  • Please ensure you enter the tax year requested on your verification form.
  • Please make a copy, write your student ID number on the Wage and Income Transcript, and submit it to UofL’s Student Financial Aid Office with your verification form via fax, mail, or in-person. DO NOT email the verification form or transcript.

 2.    Telephone Request (IRS Transcript Request Line)

  • Available from the IRS by calling 1.800.908.9946.
  • Follow prompts to request an IRS Wage and Income Transcript.
    • Enter the tax year requested on your verification form.
    • If successfully validated, you can expect to receive the transcript at the address provided in the telephone request within 5 to 10 business days from the date of the request.
    • Please make a copy, write your student ID number on the Wage and Income Transcript, and submit it to UofL’s Student Financial Aid Office with your verification form via fax, mail, or in-person. DO NOT email the verification form or transcript.

  3.    Postal Mail Request (IRS Request Form 4506-T)

If you are unable to request this document online or by phone, please complete a 4506-T form to request it by mail. Please click here  for detailed instructions on how to complete IRS Form 4506-T to request a Wage and Income Transcript.