Keep for 1-2 years
Keep for 6-16 years
Shopping bills (if you don’t need to exchange)
Bank deposit receipts, ATM slips (till the transaction is done), old cheque books, expired credit or debit cards, banks and credit card statements (if you have online bank statements)Restaurant bills & parking tickets (unless you claim expenses for tax purposes)
Travel tickets, literature, passes, etc
Utility bills, medical receipts, telephone bills, travel expenses (only if you claim reimbursement for tax exemption)
Warranty card for home appliances (depending on the warranty period)
Charity receipts (to claim tax exemption)
Cash transaction receipts of over Rs 2 lakh
Tax return and supporting documents like rent receipt for HRA, proof of investment, loan repayment, etc. You can get a tax notice till 6 years after the relevant assessment year. For foreign or undisclosed income, a notice can be sent till 16 years
Home appliance manuals
Passport, Aadhaar card, PAN card, voter ID card, driving license
Birth, death & marriage certificates, estate planning documents (will)
School & college mark sheets.
House or vehicle sale/purchase/ rent/mortgage documents
Of the various documents we get every day which documents you should retain forever and which are the ones you can discard after a few years.