Document destruction services, Data Protection

Tax Season: What Documents Do I Need To Keep?

Tax documents can be some of the most confusing when it comes to what to keep and what to shred. The standard rule is keep records for three years, but does that apply to everything? The answer is that it's more complicated than that. Some documents you only need to save for a year while others you may need to keep around for a decade or longer. For example, your pay stubs and brokerage statements really only need to be kept unless there's a discrepancy in your W2s, year-end statements, or 1099s. In addition, there are certain income-related forms that aren't necessary for an audit, but are necessary for other benefits (e.g., Social Security, etc.). Find out more about how to create a tax document checklist for yourself, so you don't leave anything out. 

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Document destruction services, Data Protection

Tax Season: Identity Theft Prevention

Whether you are a business or an individual, you have tax documents in your files. Tax documents are a gold mine for identity thieves — they are loaded with personal information, including your social security number. Identity thieves are on the lookout during tax season, as those who leave tax documents around make identity theft much easier. You can minimize data theft by keeping confidential documents locked up and, when it’s time to dispose of them, by shredding them with Heart of Texas Shred.

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Data Protection

Secure Customers Data with Document Destruction

Secure shredding has become a hot topic for business owners today. The internet has opened the doors to buyers all over the world, and they're desperate to get their hands on information. Regardless of whether that information comes from physical or virtual documents, criminals and opportunists of every variety are exploiting data in ever more creative ways. It's why the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) has redefined the rules of security, leading companies to reconsider their data protection policies for fear of getting into legal trouble. Better document destruction isn't just a good way to protect your reputation, it can also be the key to sustaining your livelihood. One hack can bankrupt a small company and cause years of aftermath for its owners. 

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