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2010 Raymond Diehl Rd., Ste. 102

Tallahassee, FL 32308

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W.M. Durham Associates LLC is an independent financial services firm that creates retirement strategies using a variety of investment and insurance products.  Investing involves risk, including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss in periods of declining values. Any references to protection benefits or lifetime income generally refer to fixed insurance products, never securities or investment products. Insurance and annuity product guarantees are backed by the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company.  WM Durham Associates LLC nor any of its employees provide legal, tax or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.

 

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The Shred Party

What should you get rid of and hold on to? When and why?

If a shred party happens to spring up in your area, you may want to mark your calendar. For many years, shred parties, where a business or organization hosts clients or the public to the use of giant paper shredders, have presented a fun and easy way for folks to rid themselves of paper clutter. Sometimes, it’s more than just paper, as some industrial-sized shredders even have the ability to destroy hard drives and other electronic storage devices.

 

Protection from identity theft. Of course, this is not just about clutter: old bills and financial documents are just the sorts of things that scammers and identity thieves want to get their hands on. The only way to be totally certain that you are safe is the total destruction of those documents and devices once their practical use has come to an end.

 

A shred party can also be a nice day out. It’s not unusual for the big shredding trucks to be parked outside on a pleasant spring or summer day.  

Depending on the hosting organization, the shred party might be attached to some other activity, like a potluck, barbecue, or community celebration.

 

What do you bring? The better question may be: when is it wise to let go of the documents that you’ve been storing? It’s important to be sure because they certainly aren’t something you can get back from the shredder once they’re gone!

 

A recent article from CBS News suggests the following guidelines:

 

  • For your tax returns, hold on to those for up to seven years.

  • Purchase and sale statements for your house, for your entire ownership of the house.

  • Utility bills, at least one year.

  • Statements from your investment or brokerage account, at least one year.

  • Purchase and sales confirmations related to your investment or brokerage account, at least one year.

  • Statements from your bank account, at least one year.

  • Statements from your credit card provider, at least one year.

 

It’s important to remember, also, that the above represents a general guideline; different sources offer different suggestions. CBS acknowledges that, in some cases, it’s okay to shred your tax returns after three years. Your financial professional may have a different prescription for you, however, based on their close understanding of your financial life.

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