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How Long Should I Keep This?

Tax season is over making it a great time to clean out your filing cabinets, but did you know there are guidelines to when a document should be shredded? Luckily the IRS published guidelines regarding document disposal in order to help make it a little easier.

Based on recommendations from the IRS:

Keep One Year:

  • Purchase Orders

  • Notebooks

  • Stenographers

  • Receiving Sheets

Keep Two Years:

  • Employee Applications

  • Correspondence

  • Deposit Slips

  • Budget Forecasts

Keep Three Years:

  • Employee Expenses

  • Freight and Shipping Bills

  • Receiving Sheets

Keep Four Years:

  • Accounts Payable

  • Sales Records

  • Purchase Invoices

  • Inventories

  • Expense reports

  • Bank Reconciliation

  • Canceled Checks

  • Contracts and Leases

Keep Seven Years:

  • Accident Reports </