How long is it necessary to hold on to individual or business tax-related documents? The quick answer is that it depends on the document. Generally, tax-related records should be kept three years after filing a return or three years after the tax return’s original due date, because the IRS generally has that long to commence an audit. But in some cases, the statute of limitations for commencing an audit extends beyond three years. And it’s a good idea to keep some documents for much longer. This article discusses tax-related document retention guidelines for individuals and businesses.
Here are a few key tax-related deadlines for individuals through the rest of 2017. Use this calendar and never miss a deadline again.
The 2016 tax return filing deadline for individuals is April 18, and the IRS considers a paper return to be timely filed if postmarked by midnight. If you owe tax, dropping your return, along with a check for the tax due, in a mailbox on the 18th may not be sufficient. Learn more about how you can avoid late filing penalties in this blog post.
Home ownership comes with many tax-saving opportunities to consider when filing your 2016 return or tax planning for 2017, such as property tax, mortgage interest, home-equity-debt interest and home office deductions and rental income and home-sale gain exclusions. Learn more in this blog post.
Don't miss the tax deadlines that you need to meet! This blog post lists a few key ones for businesses and other employers during the second quarter of 2017 to help you stay on top of things.
You probably know that miles driven for business can be deductible. But did you know you may be able to deduct miles driven for other purposes? Rather than keeping track of the actual cost of operating a vehicle, you can use a standard mileage rate. Learn more in this blog post.
Got incentive stock options? A series of complex rules governs their tax treatment. In our latest blog post, you'll learn all about when certain taxes are owed and how to avoid paying penalties.
With so many tax deadlines for businesses and individuals, it can be hard to keep track of what's due when. Stay on top of them all with this 2017 tax calendar, featuring important dates you need to know.
If you live in a locale with no or low income taxes or you purchased a major item (such as a car or boat) in 2016, you might save more tax by deducting state and local sales taxes in lieu of state and local income taxes. Learn more about how this tax break works and whether it can benefit you in this blog post.
Do you start thinking about filing your tax return when it gets close to the April deadline? You might even want to file for an extension so you don’t have to send your return in until October. But filing early can help protect you from tax identity theft, a growing scam in which thieves file bogus returns using victims’ Social Security numbers. Learn more in this blog post.