As this year’s hurricane season starts, the IRS is reminding individuals and businesses to safeguard their records against natural disasters.

Taxpayers should keep a set of backup records in a safe place and away from the original set, the service recommends. Keeping a backup set of records – including such documents as bank statements, returns and insurance policies – is easier now that many financial institutions provide statements electronically and much financial information is available on the Internet. Original records on paper should be scanned into an electronic format.

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