How long should I keep my personal records?
(Revised November 2012)

Generally, you should keep all records for at least seven years, and certain records should be kept even longer.

You purchased stock in General Electric in 1980 and you sold all of the shares in year 2012. You should keep all of the 1980 records regarding both the purchase and sale of the GE stock until at least the end of 2019. 

All tax returns should be kept forever, and if you are uncertain whether to keep or throw your old records away - keep them.

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