As we approach the middle of the year, tax time will soon be on many minds. Every year businesses and individuals completing their tax returns deal with large numbers of documents, many of which contain sensitive information.
The Tax Office requires documents relating to tax returns to be retained for five years from the date you lodge a return. Obviously, it is important that any such documents be securely and safely stored for that period, protected from threats such as theft, fire or accidental loss. If the taxman comes knocking for an audit, you don’t want to be caught with your documents down!
But once the five years have elapsed those tax-related documents that have been taking up valuable office space can finally be disposed of. But this poses another problem: with the ever-present threat of identity theft, and even the possibility of industrial espionage, how can you securely dispose of these documents and ensure the sensitive data they contain is totally destroyed?
Tipping documents into a recycling bin, a general waste bin or a skip is the easiest option — and by far the most dangerous, with a very real risk of sensitive information ending up in the wrong hands.
Destroying documents is by far the safest option, but while DIY document shredders are readily available, shredding documents in this fashion is time-consuming and still falls short from a security standpoint.
To be sure your data cannot be misused you need the total and completely secure document destruction that only a leading professional document shredding service like Intershred can provide.
With both secure bins and secure bags, Intershred offers a scalable service to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes as well as individuals and families. Whichever option you choose, we pick up your documents directly from your premises, then destroy the documents using a comprehensive cross-shredding process which reduces them to tiny fragments. The destroyed documents are finally transferred to a recycling facility where they are turned into new paper products.
At every step of the process, your documents are handled by our professional staff cleared with a minimum National Police Records Check.
To find out how Intershred can make destroying your sensitive documents secure, quick, easy and cost-effective, phone us today on (02) 8880 8360.