With Friday marking the official start of the hurricane season, the Internal Revenue Service is encouraging taxpayers to safeguard their records. Taking simple steps now can ensure that both individuals and businesses have protected financial and tax records in case of a hurricane, or other disaster.

“With forecasts calling for an active Atlantic hurricane season, the IRS encourages taxpayers to protect tax and financial documents that can be hard to replace,” said IRS Acting Commissioner Kevin M. Brown, in a statement.

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