Investment is considered as a best way to increase the value of your money and to generate fix sum of monthly income. Although, investment looks really attractive but it requires a great deal of paperwork ranging from deal confirmations to monthly, periodical and yearly account statements as well as IRS Form 1099 tax records. It seems an overwhelming volume because it can expand your portfolio too but it is necessary to manage your account information. It is the only way to have a certification against your investments that your instructions are followed and no unauthorized transactions are made. Efficient investment records will help you to have important information on hand to use it at the time of need such as at the time of filing tax returns. Proper documentation of investment will keep you aware about any wrong deed with your account.
Investment record keeping will help you to have proof of your investments because after investment you should have important documents with you to reveal the time of investment, amount of investment and all relevant details you may need to strengthen your case.
Proper investment record will help you to simplify the process of preparing your federal income tax returns and state returns as applied. If you have made investments in tax deferred accounts such as IRA or 401 (K) then it is necessary to pay income taxes. Income tax is necessary to pay with stocks bearing dividends. In case of reinvestment of dividend and mutual funds or interest income from bonds you have to pay income taxes. Capital gain taxes are applied on the sale of investments on profit. In short, right information and documentation of investments will help you to estimate your tax liability.
You can personally manage your investment account without hiring any expert accountant. Simply prepare a separate worksheet for each investment with complete details like date of investment, value of investment, number of shares and commission paid. If your investment is a gift from someone other and you have not purchased it then you can record the information after getting it from former owner. In case of inherited investment, you will have to record a market value on the day your sponsor’s estate was valued.
Here is preview of this free Investment Record Template to help you in the process of record keeping for your investments,
You have to keep investment account statements and other vital details of your investment firm or financial institution. It will be good to divide your investment records on the basis of short-term and long-term references for your convenience. Do not forget to overhaul your investment records once a year to discard useless records on time. For instance, after getting end-of-the year summary, there will be no need to keep monthly statements that you have received throughout the year.
Items for Long-term Storage File
- End-of-the year summary account statements from financial institution about your investment account and statements of different saving plans.
- Copies of annual IRS Form 1099s that will provide details of dividends, interest and capital gains from your investments.
- Transaction records to confirm your sale or purchase on stocks, bonds and other investments. There records cannot be found at brokerage firm so it will be a smart approach of keep all these details with you.
This record is important for tax purpose because it can often affect the performance and value of your investment. You have to be careful while discarding your investment records as someone can misuse these records so discard them properly.
Here is download link for this Investment Record Template,