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Document archiving in Germany  

2018-12-08 Saturday 20:37 UTC

How long to keep documents and in what form in Germany?


  • Tax documents as long as tax assessment not passed
  • Insurance documents as long as insurance is running
  • Proof of purchase for 2 years of legal warranty (or longer)
  • Bank statement for up to 3 years (digital is enough)
  • Craftsmen bills for 5-10 years if contracts for work labour
  • All documents needed for pensions till start eg. employment contracts

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  • Books, annual financial statements, inventory, bills as all other business documents for 10 years
  • Received letters for up to 6 years

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