Life can be complicated enough without all the administrative paperwork that often accompanies it. This is particularly true when it comes to your personal finances.
If stacks of old bank statements, utility bills, receipts, insurance and superannuation documents mean you can’t see the trees for the paper, de-clutter, simplify your finances and improve your quality of life today.
What you need to keep
When it comes to identifying the documents you need to keep, considering your legal obligations is a good place to start.
The first of these is your annual tax return. In order to complete your tax return you’ll need documentary evidence of:
You need to keep these documents for five years after you lodge your tax return in case you’re asked to substantiate your claims, and it’s also a good idea to keep your notice of tax assessments for five years. However, if you run a small business, the document requirements and timeframes differ – find out more at the Australian Tax Office (ATO).
The second category of documents are those related to property such as:
Other documents to keep include:
What you can throw away
There are some documents you can toss, and as a rule, once a document has been replaced by a newer version, it’s safe to dispose of the older copy.
There’s also no need to hang onto credit card receipts once you’ve reconciled them against your bank statements, unless they’re needed for warranties.
Credit card and bank statements should be retained for a year, while other household paperwork, such as utility bills, can be thrown away once paid, unless you need a copy for rental applications or you want to keep them to compare your usage over time.
The exception to these rules is if the documents are required for tax purposes.
Source: AMP News & Insights
May 17, 2018
May 17, 2018
May 17, 2018
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