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What to Keep -

A guide to

Record Retention



Keep Permanently

. Audit reports of accountants

. Capital stock & bond records: ledgers,

  transfer registers, stubs showing issues,

  record of interest coupons, options, etc.

. Cashbooks

. Charts of accounts

. Checks (cancelled for important

payments, i.e., taxes, purchases of

property, special contracts, etc. (checks

should be filed with the papers

 pertaining to the underlying transaction)

. Contracts & leases still in effect

. Correspondence (legal & important

 matters only)

. Deeds, mortgages, & bills of sale

. Depreciation schedules

. Environmental exposure records

. Federal tax form 970-LIFO election

. Federal tax form 3115-application

for change in accounting method

. Financial statements (end-of-year,

other months optional)

. General & private ledgers

(& end-of-year trial balances)

. Insurance records, current accident

reports, claims, policies, etc.

. Journals

. LIFO vehicle schedules and data sheets,

  purchased vehicle invoices, and

reserve calculations

. LIFO parts detailed index report and

reserve calculations

. Minute books for directors &

stockholders,  including by-laws

& charters

. Property appraisals by outside


. Property records – including costs,


  reserves, end-of-year trial balances,


  schedules, blueprints & plans

. Retirement & pension records

. Stock & bond certificates (cancelled)

. Tax returns & worksheets, revenue

agents’ report  & other documents

relating to determination of  income tax


. Trademark registrations


Keep Eleven Years

. Workman’s Comp. Documents


Keep Ten Years

. Form 8300 filings

. State sales and use tax returns

. Unemployment tax returns


Keep Seven Years

. Accident reports & claims (settled cases)

. Accounts payable ledgers & schedules

. Accounts receivable ledgers & schedules

Contracts & leases (expired)

. Credit application (denied/ no deal)










Keep Seven Years - Continued

. Employee personnel records (after


. Expense analyses & expense distribution


. Financial statements (monthly)

. Inventories of products, materials,

& supplies

. Invoices to customers

. Invoices from vendors

. Notes receivable ledgers & schedules

. Option records (expired)

. Payroll records & summaries, including

   payments  to pensioners

. Plant cost ledgers

. Purchase orders (purchasing department copy)

. Sales records

. Scrap & salvage records (inventories, sales, etc.)

. Subsidiary ledgers

. Time books

. Voucher register & schedules

. Vouchers for payments to vendors, employees,

 etc. (includes allowances &

reimbursement of   employees,

officers, etc. for travel and

entertainment expenses)


Keep Four Years

. W-4 forms


Keep Three Years

. Bank statements

. Correspondence (general)

. Employment applications

. Insurance policies (expired)

. Internal audit reports (in some cases, longer

  retention periods may be desirable)

. Internal reports (miscellaneous)

. Petty cash vouchers

. Physical inventory tags

. Savings bond registration records of employees


Keep Two Years

. Correspondence (routine) with customers or



Keep One Year

. Bank reconciliations

. Duplicate deposit slips

. I-9’s (after termination)

. Purchase orders (except purchasing department


. Receiving sheets

. Requisitions

. Stenographer’s notebooks

. Stockroom withdrawal forms








Events Calendar
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Client Tax Organizer
A tax organizer can facilitate the process of pulling together your tax information. This basic tax organizer is designed for new clients and allows you to enter your information right on the screen. You can then print the completed tax organizer and fax or mail it to the office. Current clients should contact the office to request a "proforma" tax organizer that includes prior year information and carryover data.

Federal Tax Forms & IRS Publications
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