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Free tax filing for 2011 1. Free tax filing for 2011   Importance of Records Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Benefits of Recordkeeping Kinds of Records To Keep How Long To Keep Records Introduction A farmer, like other taxpayers, must keep records to prepare an accurate income tax return and determine the correct amount of tax. Free tax filing for 2011 This chapter explains the benefits of keeping records, what kinds of records you must keep, and how long you must keep them for federal tax purposes. Free tax filing for 2011 Tax records are not the only type of records you need to keep for your farming business. Free tax filing for 2011 You should also keep records that measure your farm's financial performance. Free tax filing for 2011 This publication only discusses tax records. 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Free tax filing for 2011 Topics - This chapter discusses: Benefits of recordkeeping Kinds of records to keep How long to keep records Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses See chapter 16 for information about getting publications. Free tax filing for 2011 Benefits of Recordkeeping Everyone in business, including farmers, must keep appropriate records. Free tax filing for 2011 Recordkeeping will help you do the following. Free tax filing for 2011 Monitor the progress of your farming business. Free tax filing for 2011   You need records to monitor the progress of your farming business. Free tax filing for 2011 Records can show whether your business is improving, which items are selling, or what changes you need to make. Free tax filing for 2011 Records can help you make better decisions that may increase the likelihood of business success. 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