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Subject: Re: Scaning Tax Records to my computer Date: 4/26/2005 3:25 PM
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1 - if I do this, does the IRS consider my CD / scanned records valid?

Yes.

2 - is JPEG the right format to use? (A friend always uses TIFF files when he scans. I've used JPEG because it's first on my scanner's menu.)

I use PDF files for all of my client's tax records. I prefer PDF, as it seems to be the most widely used format for storing documents.

I've been told that for scans, it is really just a PDF "wrapper" around a JPEG file, so there might not be much difference.

To save space, I'd scan in B&W rather than color, and move down from the highest resolutions you scanner can handle. 300 dpi is probably more than adequate. Try a couple of different resolutions to find something that remains reasonable to your eye.

--Peter
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