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How Long Do I Really Need To Keep This?

By Maria Gracia

Every year April 15 rolls around, and so many people ask me the infamous question, How long do I need to keep all this stuff??!!

And the answer generally is that if it has anything to do with your taxes, probably for a long time.

But have no fear! The average family can keep it all organized with a good filing system throughout the year, and some catalog envelopes to store documents from past years.

So how long do you need to store these records you'll probably never look at again? While you should always check with your accountant for your specific personal guidelines, according to, some of the basic records retention rules are as follows:


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