How Long to Keep Your Records For

Considering the amount of paperwork individuals receive in their lifetime, it can be overwhelming to figure out the best way to manage so much information. Do you need to keep every piece of data that you receive? What can you simply throw away, and which documents should be properly destroyed before their disposal?

A document that does not contain any sort of personally identifiable information can be thrown out. Otherwise, it is important to decide whether or not you may need that record in the future. Some records should be saved for anywhere from just a few days to over ten years, depending on the information that is contained in the document.

So which documents should you keep, why might you need them in the future, and how long do you need to have them on hand? The following is a chart that provides some guidelines when it comes to answering these questions:

A Guide to Record Keeping


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