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Shred Day

FREE On-Site Document Shredding

AFFCU will be hosting a FREE shred event for all members and community neighbors at the Hunt Valley location. Join us for secure, on-site shredding of your personal, confidential documents.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hunt Valley Branch (40 Schilling Rd)

9:00AM – 12:00PM (noon)

All materials will be securely shredded on-site by the commercial shredding company Shred-It.

Drop-offs should be limited to approximately four (4) medium/large boxes per member. We cannot accept large car/truckloads of materials or business account files/documents. Shred service will be provided until 12:00 pm (noon) or until the truck reaches capacity, whichever comes first.

Accepting Donations To Support Our Light The Night Fundraising

While the shred service will be provided to all for free, we are encouraging support, via monetary donations, to #Team AFFCU's Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The NIght fundraising. Donations will be collected on-site (cash or check made payable to AFFCU) or you may donate securely online to team AFFCU.

How Long To Keep Financial Records

The following are suggestions about how long you should keep personal finance and investment records on file. You should safely store or electronically scan and save certain essential documents.

Type of recordLength of time to keep, and why:

Canceled checks/receipts (alimony, charitable contributions, mortgage interest and retirement plan contributions)
Records for tax deductions taken

Seven years

  • The IRS has three years from your filing date to audit your return if it suspects good-faith errors.
  • The three-year deadline also applies if you discover a mistake in your return and decide to file an amended return to claim a refund.
  • The IRS has six years to challenge your return if it thinks you underreported your gross income by 25 percent or more.
  • There is no time limit if you failed to file your return or filed a fraudulent return.

IRA contribution recordsPermanently

If you made a nondeductible contribution to an IRA, keep the records indefinitely to prove that you already paid tax on this money when the time comes to withdraw.

Retirement/savings plan statementsFrom one year to permanently

  • Keep the quarterly statements from your 401(k) or other plans until you receive the annual summary; if everything matches up, then shred the quarterlies.
  • Keep the annual summaries until you retire or close the account.

Bank recordsFrom one year to permanently

  • Go through your checks each year and keep those related to your taxes, business expenses, home improvements and mortgage payments.
  • Shred those that have no long-term importance.

Brokerage statementsUntil you sell the securities

You need the purchase or sales slips from your brokerage or mutual fund to prove whether you have capital gains or losses at tax time

BillsFrom one year to permanently

  • Go through your bills once a year.
  • In most cases, when the canceled check from a paid bill has been returned, you can shred the bill.
  • However, bills for big purchases -- such as jewelry, rugs, appliances, antiques, cars, collectibles, furniture, computers, etc. -- should be kept in an insurance file for proof of their value in the event of loss or damage.

Credit card receipts and statementsFrom 45 days to seven years

  • Keep your original receipts until you get your monthly statement; shred the receipts if the two match up.
  • Keep the statements for seven years if tax-related expenses are documented.

Paycheck stubsOne year

  • When you receive your annual W-2 form from your employer, make sure the information on your stubs matches.
  • If it does, shred the stubs.
  • If it doesn't, demand a corrected form, known as a W-2c.

House/condominium recordsFrom six years to permanently

  • Keep all records documenting the purchase price and the cost of all permanent improvements -- such as remodeling, additions and installations.
  • Keep records of expenses incurred in selling and buying the property, such as legal fees and your real estate agent's commission, for six years after you sell your home.
  • Holding on to these records is important because any improvements you make on your house, as well as expenses in selling it, are added to the original purchase price or cost basis. This adds up to a greater profit (also known as capital gains) when you sell your house. Therefore, you lower your capital gains tax.

Content from; Source: Marquette National Bank, IRS and Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Greater Chicago