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Prepare your tax records for hurricane season

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Posted: Jun 2, 2014 1:55 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 2, 2014 2:15 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: revenue, tax documents, hurricane

BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Revenue encouraged Louisiana residents Monday to remember their financial records in hurricane preparedness plans.

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Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield said water damage is a serious danger to paper records, and said a little preparation can go a long way.

"A few common-sense precautions can make the recovery process easier in the aftermath of an emergency," he said.

Besides storing paper records in plastic bags or watertight containers, the department suggested moving where the items are stored out of harm's way, such as on a second floor or high shelf. They also recommended storing records electronically, such as using online cloud storage, burned CDs or flash memory drives which would then need to also be stored in watertight containers.

Barfield also recommended taking photos or video of expensive items in your home and putting together a room-by-room list of valuables in your home for insurance purposes.

The Department of Revenue also provides information on tax relief available for people affected by disasters such as a hurricane on their website.

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