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Question How long must I keep my personal records?

Answer There are numerous State and federal regulations and statutes that establish time periods that specific types of records must be retained. These regulations typically apply only to businesses and other organizations rather than individual members of the public. In most cases, there is no specific law or regulation that requires a record to be retained. However, it is prudent to retain records that may be used in audits or litigation for at least 6 years after the record was created.

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