is the Best Way to Save Receipts

It's a pain to keep track of all those receipts for taxes. But, is a great new way to use technology to make it much easier.

Estate planning (and taxes of course) and the preparation that goes along with it requires a vast amount of important paperwork. Not only do these forms need to be safely stored and organized, but they should also be copied in the event that the originals are lost or destroyed. While making mere paper copies is a good idea, an even better method is to have them digitized and store online. This way they will never be lost and all of your heirs and/or attorney will have easy access to them from any computer. There are many options to choose from when digitizing paperwork but the best and most trusted service in my opinion is a company called

Shoeboxed takes all of your receipts, business cards, invoices, wills etc, and scans them, extracts the data and saves everything in a secure online account. You can categorize everything however you like and the data is all exportable to programs such as Evernote and Dropbox. You can send Shoeboxed your documents via their postage paid envelopes or you can submit them from home through their free desktop uploader and iPhone, iPad and Android aps.

Shoeboxed uses the same data encryption methods that the online banks use and they are TRUSTe certified which means they offer the highest level of security for you data. I highly recommend using Shoeboxed to keep digital records of all your documents. They offer a free 30-day trial to get started so you can really try it out before you decide if you want to upgrade to a paid plan or stay on a free DIY account. Regardless of whether you end up paying, all of your documents will remain on their site forever.

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