Electronic Tax Records
are computer-based/non-paper versions of records required by tax agencies like the Internal Revenue Service
. There is substantial confusion about what constitutes acceptable digital records for the IRS, as the concept is relatively new. The subject is discussed in Publication 583 and Bulletin 1997-13, but not in specific detail.
Businesses and individuals wishing to convert their paper records into scanned copies may be at risk if they do so. For example, it is unclear if an IRS auditor would accept a .jpg, .png, or .pdf format scanned copy of a purchase receipt for a deducted expense item.