What records need to be kept for 7 years?
Accounting Services Records should be retained for a minimum of seven years. Accountants, being a conservative bunch, will often recommend that you keep financial statements, check registers, profit and loss statements, budgets, general ledgers, cash books and audit reports permanently.
What paperwork do I need to keep and for how long?
You should always keep papers, like your birth certificate or other documents that prove your identity. Certain identification documents like passports and licences expire. You can dispose of these of once you have replaced them.
How long should you keep your bank statements?
What should you not shred?
Be sure to lock up any important documents that you don’t shred, including birth and death certificates, adoption papers, marriage and divorce papers, citizenship papers, Social Security cards, tax-related documents, deeds and titles, and financial statements.
How do I get my bank statements older than 7 years?
You need to contact the bank and ask. Banks do keep records typically going back 7 years, though bank policies vary.. Twenty years back would be unusual. Statements are kept digitally or on microfilm or microfiche, with the latter forms taking longer to retrieve.