When Disaster Strikes Recover Important Documents

Natural disasters wipe out so much, including documents! Here are some ideas about how to track down all your documents in the case of a disaster.


Tax Records

You may call to request a transcript of your taxes: 800-908-9946


Or you may go to this link to request a transcript online: Click Here


You can request tax records such as

  • transcripts of past tax returns

  • tax account information

  • wage and income statements

  • verification of non-filing letters.


Financial Statements

To recover financial records you may request paper or digital copies through your bank or credit card company.


Property Records


Homeowners:

for documents related to property, homeowners can contact the title company, escrow company or bank that handled the purchase of their home or other property.



Taxpayers with home improvements:

can get in touch with the contractors who did the work and ask for statements to verify the work and cost. They can also get written descriptions from friends and relatives who saw the house before and after any improvements.


Individuals with inherited property:

can check court records for probate values. If a trust or estate existed, taxpayers can contact the attorney who handled the trust. When no other records are available, people should check the county assessor's office for old records that might address the value of the property.


Car Owners:

can research the current fair-market value for most vehicles. Resources are available online and at most libraries. These include Kelley's Blue Book, the National Automobile Dealers Association and Edmunds.


All of this information was provided by the IRS. This blog post is not a substitute for legal advice and is not liable for any misinformation that may have been provided by the IRS.