How Long Should I Keep Records?

Keep records for 3 years from the date you filed your original return or 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later, if you file a claim for credit or refund after you file your return. Keep records for 7 years if you file a claim for a loss from worthless securities or bad debt deduction.

For more information on how long to hold specific records see the below IRS link:,securities%20or%20bad%20debt%20deduction.