Back to top

Blog

Click here to go back

 

Oct 12 2015
Record Retention Requirements

Posted in general

Dear Client,

In response to many requests of what tax records should be kept and how long, we have prepared the following list for your reference based on Federal Laws.

Income tax returns and supporting documents - Keep at least 4 years and preferable 7 if space is not critical. Once this period has elapsed, the documents can be discarded, but the returns themselves, which do not take much space,

should be retained indefinitely.

Residential property records - All escrow statements (purchase and sale) plus receipts for improvements should be kept for at least 4 years after the property is sold (including refinance papers).

Purchase receipts for stock, bonds, mutual funds - These should also be kept for at least 4 years after the asset is sold: This would include record of dividends, splits and reinvested dividends. "

Depreciation records For any rental real estate or depreciable business property you own, keep records of the property’s cost, date acquired, and schedule of depreciation claimed in previous years. This record should be kept

until 4 years after the property is disposed of.

Retirement plan contributions — Records of non—deductible lRA deposits, employer plan stock purchased, rollovers, and Keogh plan deposits should be kept until 4 years after the plan assets have been withdrawn.

 

 Personal records - Important papers such as estate and gift returns, divorce and property settlement, deeds, title insurance policies, and all trust documents should be kept in a permanent file, or perhaps safe deposit box.

Miscellaneous papers - All other documents to include bank statements, canceled checks, credit card statements, deposits slips, charitable contribution receipts, and medical bills can be discarded after 7 years.

Last Updated by Admin on 2015-10-12 09:58:48 PM

 

 

Add New Comment

 

News

NTA Blog: Veterans Face Challenges in Claiming Refunds for Taxes Improperly Withheld from Disability Severance Pay

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at w...

Success Story: Taxpayer Advocate Service’s persistence reduces tax debt

Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer’s tax issues. All person...

NTA Blog: When Evaluating its Pilot Program on the Participation of Counsel and Compliance in Conferences, Appeals Should be Transparent and Should Consider Both Objective and Subjective Data

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at w...

The 2018 Nationwide Tax Forums a Success for TAS

Each year, the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country. The 2018 Tax Forums feature...

NTA Blog: Now is the Perfect Time for the IRS to Make Improvements to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Program

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at w...

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson honored in Accounting Today’s top 100 list

Accounting Today magazine honored National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson by selecting her for its annual list of Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. According to the magazine, the hono...

NTA Special Blog: Taxpayer Advocate Service Launches Tax Reform Website in Spanish

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at w...

NTA Blog: Form 1023-EZ Now Elicits Additional Information, But It’s Not Clear That IRS Reviewers Are Considering It

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at w...

NTA Blog: Announcing the 4th International Taxpayer Rights Conference and Requesting Presentation and Paper Proposals

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at w...

NTA Blog: The IRS Refuses to Provide Mandatory Employee Training on Taxpayer Rights

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at w...