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 Post subject: Paperwork..........
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:01 pm 
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HELP
When I first bought in France I was told to keep all paperwork (13 years ago).
Now I am suffocating in the stuff.
What MUST I keep and what can I dispose of?

I have 13 years worth of EDF, FFT, Orange etc bills, reciepts!!! and more


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 Post subject: Re: Paperwork..........
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:27 pm 
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To much to write on here but between one year and forever.
Just do a Google search and you will find many links.
Or look on the fr gov site.

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 Post subject: Re: Paperwork..........
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:31 pm 
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MUST keep - or ADVISED to keep?

In latter group, add all receipts that can be used to offset any taxes at sale time.

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 Post subject: Re: Paperwork..........
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:09 pm 
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Life
Passports, birth, marriage and divorce documents
Insurance contracts and amendments.

5 years
Electricity

4 years
Income Tax bill and supporting documents, taxe foncières, taxe d’habitation, water

2 years
Insurance documents, receipts,

1 year
Telephone



I am not exactly sure what the difference between an insurance document and an insurance contract.

As J writes there are lots of other documents that you are not legally required to keep but which it is advisable to file away:

receipts for all goods still in guarantee
invoice for any work on your property done by a tradesman.
etc

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 Post subject: Re: Paperwork..........
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:23 pm 
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Many many thanks, this really has helped.


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 Post subject: Re: Paperwork..........
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:56 pm 
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But what happens when France goes paperless, its started already, the C.A.F only sends out an e-mail now, E.D.F and FranceTelecom are standing orders, with FT notifying you by e-mail how much they are going to take

I did see a few months back, where it was proposed that all artisans invoiced their clients electronically via a central repository, and I saw on TV the other day that the banks are trying to all online banking

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 Post subject: Re: Paperwork..........
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:07 pm 
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The same applies to proof of residence including utility bills for the last three months.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:33 pm 
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I just scan all ongoing documents as pdf and save them everywhere(cloud, backup, hosted site) and then file the paper in the cave to be binned later.

Personal documents are the same except I keep the originals in a safety box.


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 Post subject: Re: Paperwork..........
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:48 pm 
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The official list is on the 'vos droits' website.... but the site is 'down' tonight, I have tried on both iPad & desktop, will try to send the link whenever....
Otherwise when it's working:
http://www.service-public.fr search 'papiers à conserver'

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