Taxes are due at the end of April — a friendly reminder.
But if you still have old tax folders and papers in your home from five, 10 or maybe 20 years ago, there's a way you can safely dispose of them and deprive possible fraudsters of stealing yours and others' identities.
On Saturday (April 15), the Port Coquitlam Community Foundation (PCCF) is hosting its annual community shredding event, which also acts as a fundraiser for the organization.
By donation, the money is set to build on current grants distributed to local groups and individuals making a difference in the city.
"We're excited to provide this service to our community: one way to reduce the potential of identity fraud, is to ensure your personal information is disposed of properly and securely," said Anna Wilczewski, PCCF executive director, in a release.
Since its inception in 2012, the PCCF has granted more than $1.5 million in community bursaries.
Unwanted documents that can be brought to the non-profit's four-hour shredding station tomorrow include:
- Tax information
- Pay stubs
- Medical documents
- Bank statements
- Credit card statements
- Other old bills
Wilczewski added interested participants are encouraged to bring their files in boxes, bins or bags as volunteers on site will "do the heavy lifting."
It's also a drive-thru event, so residents are asked to place their items in the trunk of their vehicle.
Iron Mountain will be on site and will shred all documents as they are dropped off.
The PCCF community shredding event is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Canadian Tire in Fremont Village (2125 Hawkins St.).
For more information, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tri-City News is a partial sponsor of PoCo Community Foundation's Community Shredding.