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Keeping good investment records

Check which records to keep to help you report your investment income accurately and claim deductions.

Last updated 29 June 2023


What records to keep

Generally for investments you will need to keep your records for 5 years after we've processed your return.

You need to keep records relating to your investments showing:

  • how much you paid for them
  • what you received if you disposed of them
  • what income you received from them
  • the expenses you incurred in owning them and maintaining them.

Examples of records include:

  • your acquisition and disposal statements (your 'buy' and 'sell' contracts) – keep these records for 5 years from the date you dispose of your shares
  • bank statements and passbooks
  • dividend or managed investment distribution statements
  • purchase and sale details, including any contracts
  • expenditure records
  • details of capital losses made in previous years – you may be able to offset these losses against future capital gains.

You will receive most of the records you need to keep from:

  • the company that issued the shares
  • your stockbroker or online share trading provider
  • your financial institution, if you took out a loan to buy the shares.

You should keep records if you prepare your own tax return or use a tax agent.

For more information on record keeping, see Keeping records and Records you need to keep.

Asset registers

You can set up an asset register as an easy way to keep your records. Once you have entered your information into the register, you may be able to throw out records (after 5 years) you would otherwise have to keep for a long time.