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Keep Copies of Everything

Andi followed up on yesterday’s post:

Total bummer though about the mileage. I’ll definitely be claiming it on my taxes however. Should I still keep tracking my mileage on a mileage form in case I’m audited?

Absolutely! In fact, make copies of everything you fill out around the office– mileage reports, petty cash receipts, petty cash envelopes, time cards, start work, call sheets, production reports, everything.

You never know if, when, or why you’ll need this stuff. It’s good to have on hand.

Technically, the show will keep a copy of everything, too, but a fat lot of good that will do you if it’s cancelled in May (RIP my show), and you’re trying to do your taxes the following April.

Also, eeeeevery once in a while, you’ll get a paycheck that’s a little light. If you think you got short-changed, are you going to trust the time card in the accounting office, or the copy you made immediately after filling it out?

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