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It's really painful to store all the old documents. Now they are growing and growing and it's unnecessary to pay rent for the space that it occupies.

I am in the process of clearing off my shelf. How many years should I keep my Form-16 and tax return papers, considering all the important situations, like passport, visa, job applications etc.
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This days, you never have to delete any IT related documents, as everything is digital and you can keep the documents in your cloud-storage or just in your email-inbox. 

However, if you are still dealing with hard-copies of Income Tax, ensure that you keep Income Tax documents for 5 years and the proof documents for 1 year after submission of Tax-returns. 

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