It might seem that the only benefit of working with a personal tax accountant is having confidence that your tax return is completed accurately. The reality is that you can get a great deal of sound advice from a personal tax accountant, so even if you suspect you could handle your return on your own, it is a good idea to use an accountant as a valuable resource for tax advice. Here are some words of wisdom that your personal tax accountant might share with you:
- Keep your tax returns and all supporting documents and receipts for three years.
- Be sure to thoroughly destroy all documents that you no longer need that could be used to steal your identity.
- Know how long your bank keeps your online statements available and be sure to print out those that have tax-related financial information on them so you can save them for the three years mentioned above.
- Retain documents related to stock and bond purchases, reinvestments, and stock splits for as long as you own the investment.
- Discuss planned financial transactions with your personal tax accountant in case timing is an issue, such as the difference between short-term and long-term capital gain and excluding the proceeds from the sale of a personal residence if time conditions have been met.
- Consider an annual tax planning session with your personal tax accountant to learn about tax changes that could favorably or adversely affect you if you do not act accordingly.
- Don’t be shy about contacting your personal tax accountant throughout the year should your financial situation change or you have questions.
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