Ideas for managing your IRS paper pile

3/11/2014

With income tax season here, the question comes up, what to keep, and what to throw away? Here are some suggestions:

With income tax season here, the question comes up, what to keep, and what to throw away? Here are some suggestions:

Keep forever:

Because photocopies or scanned images of legal papers are usually not valid, store originals of these documents in a fireproof container or safe deposit box.

* Marriage licenses, divorce and custody decrees

* Birth, adoption and death certificates

* Wills, trusts, financial and medical powers of attorney

* Passports and citizenship papers

* Military records

Keep while you own the asset:

* Property abstracts, mortgage documents, insurance policies and receipts for home improvements

* Vehicle titles, purchase or lease documents and auto insurance policies

* Receipts, warranty certificates and operating instructions for household items

* Stock certificates and retirement plan records

Keep at least seven years:

Generally your tax returns can be audited for three years after you file. That period can increase to seven years if the IRS suspects fraud or unreported income. You must be able to show all supporting documentation. The IRS will accept legible electronic records. Copy everything to a DVD or flash drive and store with your "keep forever" documents. Don't forget to delete tax-related records from your hard drive for security.

Scan and save digitally or shred:

Unless you must keep originals of these documents for business purposes, these space-wasters can be stored digitally and then shredded each month: ATM receipts; bank statements and paystubs; and medical, utility and credit card bills.

The senior center has a shredder available. Our hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to volunteers from First Southern Baptist Church and Duane Riley, who delivered Meals on Wheels last week. Are you interested in helping? Substitute drivers are always needed. Call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Game Night begins at 4:30 p.m., with a variety of board games. Loaded baked potato soup is the supper. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, duplicate bridge begins at 2 p.m.

Monday has double pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, the day begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. Gentle exercises begin at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. The board of directors of the senior center, the Finney County Committee on Aging, will meet at 2 p.m.

March 19 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. TOPS 1116 meets at 10 a.m. An attorney with legal aid will be here by appointment beginning at 10 a.m. Call 272-3620 to schedule an appointment. Pinochle starts at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. to music of the Oklahoma Cowboy Murray Beasley. The recommended donation is $5.

Lunch menu

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Hot roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli, pineapple upside down cake.

Friday: Baked fish, peas and carrots, winter mixed vegetables, roll, ranger cookie.

Monday: Smothered steak, scalloped potatoes, spinach, bread, citrus fruit cup.

Tuesday: Porcupine meatballs, rice, hot marinated tomatoes, bread, blueberry gelatin salad.

March 19: Oven-fried chicken, potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll, creamy fruit salad.

Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.

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