It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like The End of the Year
With the end of 2012 coming up, your household or your business may be looking to take care of all the unwanted paper clutter that has taken over valuable space in your home or office.
Confidential documents that are laying around for the unwanted eyes or hands to see and mis-use the information need to be shredded and destroyed. Maybe you have an old computer with a hard drive that holds valuable information that needs to be securely wiped and destroyed.
As 2012 winds down here is a short list of documents that you should be destroying:
It’s OK to get rid of your billing statement as you’ve got electronic records online and have examined them all for errors (consider signing up for secure e-billing. You can have your bills sent securely to your email.
Home Improvement Documents
If you’ve done any home improvements in 2012, you don’t need to keep them. Creating digital back-ups of them first would be a good idea if you’ll ever need to refer to them again.
Unless you write a portion of these off for a business expense, you can shred bill statements such as utilities, phone and internet. Only do this once the bills have been verified for accuracy and the payment has been applied.
You should only save canceled cheques if they are needed for tax purposes.
Once you’ve received your T-4 for the year and have verified the information with your employer, you’re free to shred your pay stubs.
Note: Doing this depends on a couple of factors.
1. Once a credit card purchase shows up on your account and you’re sure you won’t return it, unless you need it for taxes, it’s okay to shred or toss the receipt.
2. For big ticket items such as electronics, jewelry and furniture, it’s
3. best to keep receipts just in case something goes wrong with the item and you need to return it.
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