should keep all supporting documents for your payroll for at least four years
after the due date your employees have to file their income tax returns. To be safe, I usually recommend that you keep
at least the last five years of payroll tax records.
records to be retained include wage and payment dates, time cards, time sheets,
wage payment records for each pay period, personal employee data (name, social
security number, address, etc.), copies of W-4 forms, payroll tax returns, W-2 forms,
and valuation records for fringe benefits provided to employees.
in doubt, keep it for five years.
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