Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
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Completing the Return

Printing and Storing Returns

Forms Taxpayers Keep

Taxpayers must keep records to prove their income and expenses. If they own a home or investments, their records should contain information needed to calculate the basis of the property.

Advise taxpayers to keep a copy of the following documents for at least three years:

  • Form 1040 with all forms, schedules, and attachments
  • All other tax-related documents, including Forms W-2 and 1099
  • If applicable:
    • Form 8332, Release/Revocation of Release of Claim to Exemption for Child by Custodial Parent (or similar statement)
    • Power of Attorney
  • For e-file returns, taxpayers must also keep a copy of the signed Form 8879, IRS e-file Signature Authorization.

If Publication 730, Important Tax Records Envelope, is available, place the return and supporting documents directly into the envelope.

Collage of recordkeeping tips and taxpayer records.