With hurricane season around the corner, it is important to know how to protect your valuables and important documents from being destroyed in a natural disaster.
With the start of this year's hurricane season, the IRS is encouraging home and business owners to safeguard themselves against a natural disaster by taking a few simple steps.
They say it is easier than ever, to back up important documents electronically. They can be stored on a flash drive or cd then put in a safe place.
Peggy Riley, with the IRS, says if you lose important documents in a disaster, you should contact the IRS.
"You can come to the IRS to get help in recreating those forms. So if you need some W-2's or 10-99's that did get destroyed in a storm, you can contact us to get help in recreating them because we get copies from your employers and from your bankers as well that we match down along the line. So we will be able to get you that information that you need," said Riley.
She said personal items can be protected in other ways, too.
"You can also take another step and photograph or video tape some of the contents of your home. Especially if you have any items of higher value, so you have a good idea of what's in the home that you may be trying to claim against your insurance or a casualty loss later on your tax return," said Riley.
Riley said these photos should be stored with a friend or family member who lives outside the area. She said the IRS offers a disaster loss workbook that can help taxpayers compile a room by room list of their belongings.
For more information on how you can get help proteting your valuables you can call the IRS at 1-866-562-5227.