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How to file 2010 taxes 1. How to file 2010 taxes   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. How to file 2010 taxes 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. How to file 2010 taxes Tax records are not the only type of records you need to keep for your farming business. How to file 2010 taxes You should also keep records that measure your farm's financial performance. How to file 2010 taxes This publication only discusses tax records. How to file 2010 taxes The Farm Financial Standards Council has produced a publication that provides a detailed explanation of the recommendations of the Council for financial reporting and analysis. How to file 2010 taxes For information on recordkeeping, you can purchase and download Financial Guidelines for Agricultural Producers at www. How to file 2010 taxes ffsc. How to file 2010 taxes org. How to file 2010 taxes For more information, contact Countryside Marketing, Inc. How to file 2010 taxes in the following manner. How to file 2010 taxes Call 262-253-6902. How to file 2010 taxes Send a fax to 262-253-6903. How to file 2010 taxes Write to: Farm Financial Standards Council N78 W14573 Appleton Ave. How to file 2010 taxes , #287 Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. How to file 2010 taxes 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. How to file 2010 taxes Benefits of Recordkeeping Everyone in business, including farmers, must keep appropriate records. How to file 2010 taxes Recordkeeping will help you do the following. How to file 2010 taxes Monitor the progress of your farming business. How to file 2010 taxes   You need records to monitor the progress of your farming business. How to file 2010 taxes Records can show whether your business is improving, which items are selling, or what changes you need to make. How to file 2010 taxes Records can help you make better decisions that may increase the likelihood of business success. How to file 2010 taxes Prepare your financial statements. How to file 2010 taxes   You need records to prepare accurate financial statements. How to file 2010 taxes These include income (profit and loss) statements and balance sheets. How to file 2010 taxes These statements can help you in dealing with your bank or creditors and help you to manage your farm business. How to file 2010 taxes Identify source of receipts. How to file 2010 taxes   You will receive money or property from many sources. How to file 2010 taxes Your records can identify the source of your receipts. How to file 2010 taxes You need this information to separate farm from nonfarm receipts and taxable from nontaxable income. How to file 2010 taxes Keep track of deductible expenses. How to file 2010 taxes   You may forget expenses when you prepare your tax return unless you record them when they occur. How to file 2010 taxes Prepare your tax returns. How to file 2010 taxes   You need records to prepare your tax return. How to file 2010 taxes For example, your records must support the income, expenses, and credits you report. How to file 2010 taxes Generally, these are the same records you use to monitor your farming business and prepare your financial statements. How to file 2010 taxes Support items reported on tax returns. How to file 2010 taxes   You must keep your business records available at all times for inspection by the IRS. How to file 2010 taxes If the IRS examines any of your tax returns, you may be asked to explain the items reported. How to file 2010 taxes A complete set of records will speed up the examination. How to file 2010 taxes Kinds of Records To Keep Except in a few cases, the law does not require any specific kind of records. How to file 2010 taxes You can choose any recordkeeping system suited to your farming business that clearly shows, for example, your income and expenses. How to file 2010 taxes You should set up your recordkeeping system using an accounting method that clearly shows your income for your tax year. How to file 2010 taxes See  chapter 2. How to file 2010 taxes If you are in more than one business, you should keep a complete and separate set of records for each business. How to file 2010 taxes A corporation should keep minutes of board of directors' meetings. How to file 2010 taxes Your recordkeeping system should include a summary of your business transactions. How to file 2010 taxes This summary is ordinarily made in accounting journals and ledgers. How to file 2010 taxes For example, they must show your gross income, as well as your deductions and credits. How to file 2010 taxes In addition, you must keep supporting documents. How to file 2010 taxes Purchases, sales, payroll, and other transactions you have in your business generate supporting documents such as invoices and receipts. How to file 2010 taxes These documents contain the information you need to record in your journals and ledgers. How to file 2010 taxes It is important to keep these documents because they support the entries in your journals and ledgers and on your tax return. How to file 2010 taxes Keep them in an orderly fashion and in a safe place. How to file 2010 taxes For instance, organize them by year and type of income or expense. How to file 2010 taxes Electronic records. How to file 2010 taxes   All requirements that apply to hard copy books and records also apply to electronic storage systems that maintain tax books and records. How to file 2010 taxes When you replace hard copy books and records, you must maintain the electronic storage systems for as long as they are material to the administration of tax law. How to file 2010 taxes An electronic storage system is any system for preparing or keeping your records either by electronic imaging or by transfer to an electronic storage media. How to file 2010 taxes The electronic storage system must index, store, preserve, retrieve and reproduce the electronically stored books and records in legible format. How to file 2010 taxes All electronic storage systems must provide a complete and accurate record of your data that is accessible to the IRS. How to file 2010 taxes Electronic storage systems are also subject to the same controls and retention guidelines as those imposed on your original hard copy books and records. How to file 2010 taxes The original hard copy books and records may be destroyed provided that the electronic storage system has been tested to establish that the hard copy books and records are being reproduced in compliance with IRS requirements for an electronic storage system and procedures are established to ensure continued compliance with all applicable rules and regulations. How to file 2010 taxes You still have the responsibility of retaining any other books and records that are required to be retained. How to file 2010 taxes The IRS may test your electronic storage system, including the equipment used, indexing methodology, software and retrieval capabilities. How to file 2010 taxes This test is not considered an examination and the results must be shared with you. How to file 2010 taxes If your electronic storage system meets the requirements mentioned earlier, you will be in compliance. How to file 2010 taxes If not, you may be subject to penalties for non-compliance, unless you continue to maintain your original hard copybooks and records in a manner that allows you and the IRS to determine your correct tax. How to file 2010 taxes For details on electronic storage system requirements, see Rev. How to file 2010 taxes Proc. How to file 2010 taxes 97-22. How to file 2010 taxes You can find Rev. How to file 2010 taxes Proc. How to file 2010 taxes 97-22 on page 9 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 1997-13 at  www. How to file 2010 taxes irs. How to file 2010 taxes gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb97-13. How to file 2010 taxes pdf. How to file 2010 taxes Travel, transportation, entertainment, and gift expenses. How to file 2010 taxes   Specific recordkeeping rules apply to these expenses. How to file 2010 taxes For more information, see Publication 463. How to file 2010 taxes Employment taxes. How to file 2010 taxes   There are specific employment tax records you must keep. How to file 2010 taxes For a list, see Publication 51 (Circular A). How to file 2010 taxes Excise taxes. How to file 2010 taxes   See How To Claim a Credit or Refund in chapter 14 for the specific records you must keep to verify your claim for credit or refund of excise taxes on certain fuels. How to file 2010 taxes Assets. How to file 2010 taxes   Assets are the property, such as machinery and equipment, you own and use in your business. How to file 2010 taxes You must keep records to verify certain information about your business assets. How to file 2010 taxes You need records to figure your annual depreciation deduction and the gain or (loss) when you sell the assets. How to file 2010 taxes Your records should show all the following. How to file 2010 taxes When and how you acquired the asset. How to file 2010 taxes Purchase price. How to file 2010 taxes Cost of any improvements. How to file 2010 taxes Section 179 deduction taken. How to file 2010 taxes Deductions taken for depreciation. How to file 2010 taxes Deductions taken for casualty losses, such as losses resulting from fires or storms. How to file 2010 taxes How you used the asset. How to file 2010 taxes When and how you disposed of the asset. How to file 2010 taxes Selling price. How to file 2010 taxes Expenses of sale. How to file 2010 taxes   The following are examples of records that may show this information. How to file 2010 taxes Purchase and sales invoices. How to file 2010 taxes Real estate closing statements. How to file 2010 taxes Canceled checks. How to file 2010 taxes Bank statements. How to file 2010 taxes Financial account statements as proof of payment. How to file 2010 taxes   If you do not have a canceled check, you may be able to prove payment with certain financial account statements prepared by financial institutions. How to file 2010 taxes These include account statements prepared for the financial institution by a third party. How to file 2010 taxes These account statements must be legible. How to file 2010 taxes The following table lists acceptable account statements. How to file 2010 taxes IF payment is by. How to file 2010 taxes . How to file 2010 taxes . How to file 2010 taxes THEN the statement must show the. How to file 2010 taxes . How to file 2010 taxes . How to file 2010 taxes Check Check number. How to file 2010 taxes Amount. How to file 2010 taxes Payee's name. How to file 2010 taxes Date the check amount was posted to the account by the financial institution. How to file 2010 taxes Electronic funds  transfer Amount transferred. How to file 2010 taxes Payee's name. How to file 2010 taxes Date the transfer was posted to the account by the financial institution. How to file 2010 taxes Credit card Amount charged. How to file 2010 taxes Payee's name. How to file 2010 taxes Transaction date. How to file 2010 taxes    Proof of payment of an amount, by itself, does not establish you are entitled to a tax deduction. How to file 2010 taxes You should also keep other documents, such as credit card sales slips and invoices, to show that you also incurred the cost. How to file 2010 taxes Tax returns. How to file 2010 taxes   Keep copies of your filed tax returns. How to file 2010 taxes They help in preparing future tax returns and making computations if you file an amended return. How to file 2010 taxes Keep copies of your information returns such as Form 1099, Schedule K-1, and Form W-2. How to file 2010 taxes How Long To Keep Records You must keep your records as long as they may be needed for the administration of any provision of the Internal Revenue Code. How to file 2010 taxes Keep records that support an item of income or a deduction appearing on a return until the period of limitations for the return runs out. How to file 2010 taxes A period of limitations is the period of time after which no legal action can be brought. How to file 2010 taxes Generally, that means you must keep your records for at least 3 years from when your tax return was due or filed or within 2 years of the date the tax was paid, whichever is later. How to file 2010 taxes However, certain records must be kept for a longer period of time, as discussed below. How to file 2010 taxes Employment taxes. How to file 2010 taxes   If you have employees, you must keep all employment tax records for at least 4 years after the date the tax becomes due or is paid, whichever is later. How to file 2010 taxes Assets. How to file 2010 taxes   Keep records relating to property until the period of limitations expires for the year in which you dispose of the property in a taxable disposition. How to file 2010 taxes You must keep these records to figure any depreciation, amortization, or depletion deduction and to figure your basis for computing gain or (loss) when you sell or otherwise dispose of the property. How to file 2010 taxes   You may need to keep records relating to the basis of property longer than the period of limitation. How to file 2010 taxes Keep those records as long as they are important in figuring the basis of the original or replacement property. How to file 2010 taxes Generally, this means as long as you own the property and, after you dispose of it, for the period of limitations that applies to you. How to file 2010 taxes For example, if you received property in a nontaxable exchange, you must keep the records for the old property, as well as for the new property, until the period of limitations expires for the year in which you dispose of the new property in a taxable disposition. How to file 2010 taxes For more information on basis, see chapter 6. How to file 2010 taxes Records for nontax purposes. How to file 2010 taxes   When your records are no longer needed for tax purposes, do not discard them until you check to see if you have to keep them longer for other purposes. How to file 2010 taxes For example, your insurance company or creditors may require you to keep them longer than the IRS does. How to file 2010 taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications