Documents don't come with
the handy expiration date found on cartons of milk. So it's not always easy to
tell if your paperwork has reached its "past sell" date. Interested in purging
your filing cabinet and hard drive of documents you no longer need? We've
assembled a list courtesy of ConsumerReports.org
with advice on what to save for now, what to keep forever and what can
(happily) be tossed.
Short timers: Keep for a year or less
Depends on You: Time frame varies
Seven Years: The magic
number for tax documents
The Long Haul: Essential records to be kept permanently
For those of you who have
gone largely paperless, storing photos, bank statements and even scanned copies
of vital records on your computer, keeping even years worth of material takes
very little space. For you paperless people, purging the physical clutter is
less important than ensuring that your files are adequately backed up. A recent
USA Today article MiMedia Backs Up Digital Files While
Saving You Serious Time showcases a new technology that makes backing files up easier than ever. The
article also discusses the pros and cons of using storage methods such as
external hard drives.
How do you back up
important digital records? What type of fling system do you use to keep vital
records at your fingertips? Share your thoughts here and at the Beyond Folders
by Bradley Eggers
Good info, thanks!
great information, thanks!
Great advice .. thank you!
I disagree with tax returns being destroyed after seven years. My husband worked for fifteen years at a copper mine in Arizona that closed its doors in the 80's. They had a separately funded retirement account that he was vested in. When he contacted them to start the paperwork this year (2010) he was told they had no record of him ever having worked at that company. If we hadn't kept the tax returns with the accompanying W2's we would have had no proof of employment. I have since talked to a few CPA friends and they all recommend keeping tax returns until at least your retirement.
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