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44. How Long Should I Keep My Tax Records?

Should keep your individual federal tax returns for at least three years.

As a general rule, that's how long IRS has to question items on your return and to bill you for any additional tax.

It's also the time frame for you to seek a refund on an amended return.

IRS can go back up to six years if over 25% of income is omitted.

If fraud is proved, there is no limit.

State tax returns may have to be retained longer.

United States Tax Services:

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