Protect yourself from identity theft and shred important tax documents. Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax all are offering FREE bulk shredding of up to five pounds of documents on Tax Day and after.
According to the IRS, tax returns and all supporting documents including bank statements should be retained for a minimum of three years. After tax season, it’s important to protect important information by destroying sensitive documents that may lead to identity theft.
Staples – On April 18 – Tax Day – you can get five pounds of paper shredded for FREE at any Staples store nationwide, from open to close. No coupon needed. Staples assures us your documents will be loaded into a locked box to be picked up by the Iron Mountain secure shredding service. Click here to find a a Staples store.
Office Depot and OfficeMax – Get FREE bulk shredding through Saturday, April 23rd. You must download this free coupon to get the deal. Either print it out or show it on your mobile device. The coupon says it “excludes shredding services while you wait”, which means you have to leave your important papers behind to trust that nobody will sift through them to pick out papers with your bank account number or Social Security number before the rest is shredded.
Since we have been able to get an answer from Office Depot and OfficeMax about whether they have a similar secure locked box drop-off for bulk shredding, my vote goes to Staples.
I don’t like the idea of leaving my identity-filled papers behind. Free shredding could wind up paying the price of identity theft.