Once your Taxes have been filed, do this to stay Organized
Once you’ve signed off on your tax returns, there are some tweaks you should make to your filing system to keep things current:
- It’s important to keep your most current tax return in your file system for easy access in case you need it for anything. You should still have your 2015 return handy, so now you can replace it with the new 2016 return.
- Any of the back up data for your returns can be archived. This means that documents pertaining to your tax return do not need to be kept as accessible. We often suggest that our clients file bills etc. chronologically, this way, you can archive a box for each year and keep your tax documentation and any other applicable papers in that box.
- Check out the Chaos To Order Retention Document for some general guidelines on how long to keep certain papers. It’s always a good idea to check with your accountant based on your particular needs when it comes to knowing how long to keep any important papers.
- If you keep boxes in chronological order in long term storage, now is the time to toss one old box. For example, if you keep 7 years, when you add the 2015 box, you can shred the 2008 box. Just make sure you pull out the permanent paper keepers like your tax return, property documents etc…
While you’re in the mode of getting these important papers in order, it might also be a good time to go through other files and do some editing to make room for the incoming for the year ahead. Of course, the professional organizers of Chaos To Order are always happy to help!