23 Jul 10 Of Your Most Important Tax Documents/Recordkeeping Guidelines
1. Tax Returns should be retained for 7 years after the due date or filed, whichever is later
2. Supporting tax documents such as receipts, expense loge, sales records) should be retained for a minimum of 3 years.
3. Real estate documents should be retained for as long as you own the property + years after you dispose of it.
4. For Real estate properties-retain following–closing statements, improvements, insurance claims, and refinancing docs
5. Securities purchased and sales records; maintain dates, quantities, prices, dividend reinvestment, and investment expenses such as broker fees. Retain these records for as long as you own the investment + statue of limitations on related tax returns.
6. For Individual Retirement Accounts-keep copies of Forms 8606, 5498, and 1099-R until all funds are withdrawn, and retain until statue of limitations expires.
7. Net operating loss deductions and other carryover deductions you must maintain these records for 7 years in addition to the period when these deductions expired
8. Estate Planning documents keep indefinitely.
9. Maintain for at least 1 year bank records, invoices, credit card statements/receipts, medical bills and paycheck stubs.
10. Retain insurance documents for life the life of the policy + 5 years