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Water damaged paper records for 2021 should i thru them out they have mold on them ?

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Water damaged paper records for 2021 should i thru them out they have mold on them ?

If you mean your tax return, you can print another copy.   If you are referring to documents such as your W-2's, 1099's, etc., you would need to get copies from the companies/employers who issued them.


  You have to access your own account and/or  print it for yourself using exactly the same account and user ID that you used when you prepared the return.


Start a 2022 return online and enter some personal information  so that the menu on the left opens up and lets you access your past year returns.




Many people have multiple TT accounts and forget how to access them.  Log out of the account you are in now.


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Or did you use the desktop version of TurboTax?  If so, the files are on your own hard drive or any backup device you used like a flash drive.







To get a copy of your previously filed returns prepared with online TurboTax https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900748-how-do-i-get-a-copy-of-a-return-i-filed-in-turbotax-online






EVERY year before mid-October you should save a copy of your tax return as a pdf and print a copy of it for your records.  That way you will not be searching online frantically when you need it for a lender, FAFSA forms, your next tax return, etc. 




**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
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Water damaged paper records for 2021 should i thru them out they have mold on them ?

Clean off the mold as well as you can. If you don't want to keep the damaged papers, scan them or take pictures of them. You need to keep your tax records for three years after the due date of the return, including extensions, or the date that you filed, whichever is later.


Water damaged paper records for 2021 should i thru them out they have mold on them ?

it really depends on what the paper documents are and how hard would they be to replace if needed. after doing my return and making PDFs of most tax documents (or downloading then from the bank, broker, etc) I first copy them to a flash drive so I have a backup copy if my hard drive fails. I shred the paper ones EXCEPT where it would be time consuming to make PDFs and difficult to replace such as business records, insurance policies, etc.  

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