Mon. Apr 19th, 2021


Business records, especially those which are voluminous and bulky, should be disposed of as soon as they outlive their usefulness. Many papers and records can be done away with after three to four years. Use this list below to help you know how long to keep your records.


Bank statements/check stubs/deposit slips – 4 years

Expense reports/travel vouchers – 5 years

General Ledger Books – Indef.

Payroll records – 6 years

Tax returns/work sheets for tax preparation – Indef.

Audit reports – Indef.

Equipment Purchase Contracts – 3 years


Mortgages, notes, leases (expired) – 8 years

By-laws, charter, minute books – Indef.

Corporate records – Indef.

Contracts 8 agreements (expired) – 8 years

Deeds/titles/easements – Indef.

Property tax/franchise tax reports – 6 years

Retirement and pension records – Indef.


General – 2 years

License, traffic, & purchase – 5 years

Legal & Tax – Indef.


Policies (all expired) – 4 years

Accident reports – 6 years

Claims (after settlement) – 10 years


Contribution envelopes – 3 years

Individual Contribution records – 5 years(this is in addition to items listed above)


Many businesses feel that they must keep all records for at least a certain time, after which no action can be brought against them. In fact, there is no single statue of limitations – there are dozens of them, and the time of retention varies depending on the law and state.

Recordkeeping policies must be guided by the rule of reason and the probability and dollar amount of risk involved and not by statues of limitations alone. You may obtain a copy of Guide to Record Retention Requirements from the Government Printing Office in Washington D.C. 20401.

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