I came to Personal Finance and Money really wanting to ask about how long I should keep financial documents. Initially, I just meant bills, but I realized the same question could be asked about old tax returns, receipts, bank statements, credit card statements, the list goes on. And then I realized that there would be different answers based on country and possibly even state/province.
Is my question appropriate? It's on-topic, but seems broad and could turn into a dreaded list question. If so, should it be split up into multiple questions? Marked CW? Apologies if this has been discussed before, I did try searching but couldn't think of many good keywords.
Okay, my initial wording was poor. I didn't really mean to ask whether I should be specific; the answer to that is obviously yes. But while I'm not happy with the question "how long should I keep documents," I also feel weird posting "how long should I keep US federal tax returns," "how long should I keep VA state tax returns," "how long should I keep credit card statements" and "how long should I keep copies of paid bills" all in a row. I am legitimately interested in the answers to all of those questions, but is the community okay with such serial posting?