The Internal Revenue Service is reducing the photocopying charge for tax returns from $57 per copy to $50, thanks to greater efficiency and improved technology at the agency.

In an email to tax professionals, the IRS said Friday it is reducing the tax return photocopy fee, which is paid when filing the newly revised Form 4506, effective Oct. 1, 2013.

Requests should normally be filled within 75 days, the IRS added. It also noted that tax return transcripts often suffice in place of return copies, and transcripts are available for free.

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