If you are like most church treasurers, you probably have asked yourself a hundred times, "How long should we keep church records?" It is a legitimate question. After all, church offices can quickly be overrun with records and forms that are allowed to accumulate unchecked. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers. This article is the third in a series of articles in Church Treasurer Alert! that address recordkeeping rules for several kinds of church records. This is the second article to address tax records. An article in the April 2004 edition of this newsletter addressed the following tax forms:
In this article we will be addressing retention rules for many other kinds of tax records. Future articles will address retention rules for several other kinds of records including tax, employment, insurance, correspondence, contracts, property, financial, vehicles, members, investments, and legal.