Mt. Laurel, NJ (PRWEB) April 15, 2009
ShredStation, a leader in consumer and small business information destruction and recycling, today announced the launch of its national "Shred After Tax Day" campaign. In recognition of tax season, a time when an abundance of sensitive documents are in circulation, ShredStation created a promotional campaign and educational resource to help consumers better understand the connection between document shredding and the prevention of ID theft.
The informational website, http://www.shredaftertaxday.com, features the recommended lengths of time for which people should save a variety of tax-related financial and personal documents before shredding them. The site also offers a survey that visitors may take to better understand the everyday behaviors that put them at risk of becoming an ID theft victim. Additionally, consumers that place a paper shredding order on April 16th, the day after the tax-filing deadline, will pay just $10.99 (up to 4 boxes or 120 lbs.).
"Particularly during troubled economic times, tax season is a time when the number of ID theft incidents goes up, so consumers need to be vigilant about protecting and destroying their private information," said Al Villamil, President of ShredStation. "We wanted to develop a site that isn't just educational, but one that offers a discount and hopefully people will use tax season as the starting point of a more formal and well-thought-out personal document management approach."
Customers will be able to use the discount on ShredStation's Ship to ShredStation service. Ship to ShredStation enables consumers to ship their documents to a ShredStation secure destruction facility using UPS.
When is it safe to shred the documents I use during tax season?
- Shred all of you ATM receipts after you balance your account.
- Banks statements not being kept for tax purposes should be shredded after they are reviewed for errors.
Shred after Three Months
- Pay stubs should only be saved for three months if you are applying for a mortgage, otherwise shred them right away - they contain entirely too much information to risk keeping them.
Shred after One year
- If there is no significance for tax or other purposes, cancelled checks should be destroyed after one year.
- Once your brokerage firm or investment manager provides you with your annual statement, you are free to shred your monthly and quarterly statements.
Shred after Three Years
- Tax returns: The IRS has three years to challenge information in your return and six years to conduct an audit based on unreported income.
Shred after Seven Years
- Keep tax returns and supporting records, like W-2s and 1099s and bank statements for at least seven years.
Don't Shred (Save Indefinitely)
- Always save Insurance policies, wills and any other legal documents.
- Keep records of retirement plan contributions to non-deductible individual retirement plans such as Roth IRA accounts.
About ShredStation, Inc.
Founded in 2005, ShredStation, Inc. is a New Jersey-based leader in small business and consumer level information destruction and recycling. ShredStation provides a variety of secure, convenient and affordable services to meet the document destruction needs of its customers -regardless of the amount of material. ShredStation recycles 100 percent of all destroyed and collected material. For more information please visit http://www.shredstation.com