You are entitled to obtain a copy. Talk to an attorney in your area. Best
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Shareholders in corporations have inspection rights that are afforded them by statute which give shareholders the right to inspect copies of the tax, accounting and corporate records. You should send the corporation a certified letter requesting the inspection of all records that you want to see. You also may have inspection rights that re governed by the bylaws of the corporation, so review your by-laws.
If the owners continue to refuse, you can sue to compel an inspection, and for the legal fees that it costs you.
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You can request a copy of the tax return or tax return transcript using Form 4506 (Request for Copy of Tax Return) or Form 4506T (Request for Transcript of Return). Here is the link http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506.pdf. You need to submit Form 4506 for an actual copy of a return. Send your request to the office indicated on Form 4506. You may fax or mail your request. If you used a professional preparer to prepare the prior year's return, then you can request a copy of the return from the preparer. If they need help locating the preparer, the Electronic Return Originator data base may help.
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