of Time Records Need to Be Retained
Income tax returns and supporting documents:
Copies of tax returns do not take up much space and if possible
should be retained indefinitely. Retain supporting documents for
at least four years and preferably six years.
Residential property records:
All escrow closing statements (purchase, sale, and any refinance
escrow statements) plus receipts for improvements should be kept
for at least four years after the property is sold.
Buy/Sell confirmations for stocks, bonds, and mutual funds:
Keep for at least four years after the asset is sold. This would
include the record of stock dividends, splits, and reinvested
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. These records should
be kept until four years after the property is sold and for an
even longer period of time if the property is exchanged.
Retirement plan contributions:
Records of non-deductible IRA deposits, employer plan stock purchased,
rollovers, and KEOGH plan deposits should be kept until four years
after the plan assets have been withdrawn.
Important papers such as estate and gift tax returns, divorce
and property settlement agreements, deeds, title insurance policies,
and all trust documents should be kept in a permanent file, or
perhaps in a safe deposit box.
All other documents including bank statements, canceled checks,
credit card statements, deposit slips, charitable contribution
receipts, and medical bills may be discarded after six years.
(This information is designed to be of general interest. The specific techniques and information discussed may not apply to you. Before acting on any matter contained herein, consult with your professional advisor.)
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