"The Computer Ate My Tax Return": Tips To Avoid Panic On Tax Day

    MARKHAM, March 29 /CNW/ - As if Income Tax Day didn't cause enough
anxiety, the rise of digital data storage, commercial tax software and
e-filing has created a new source of possible panic for Canadian taxpayers:
data loss. Important tax information can disappear in the blink of a cursor,
throwing a monkey wrench into the tax return preparation process as well as
adding to the aggravation of late filing penalties.
    According to the Canada Revenue Agency, as of mid-March, approximately
2.9 million Canadians have already filed their income tax online. By last
year's tax deadline, 12 million Canadians had opted to use the Internet to
file their taxes.
    Just as the CRA has experienced its own technology challenges, even the
most tech-savvy tax filer may incur computer problems right at number
crunching time which causes them to lose financial data on their computer
essential to meeting the tax deadline.
    However, there are ways to avert data loss disaster as well as deal with
it when it happens. With the April 30 tax filing deadline just a month away,
CBL Data Recovery Technologies advises consumers and tax professionals to:

    - Save files frequently
    - Use the back-up feature on their tax software if available
    - Back up critical tax data to external media such as a CD or USB thumb
    - Protect computer systems with anti-virus software and firewalls
    - Keep children away from the computer containing the tax data
    - Turn off computers if they emit any unusual noise and contact a data
      recovery specialist

    "A person's first instinct when faced with a system failure and potential
data loss is to fiddle with the computer in the hope of fixing a temporary
glitch. More often than not, this makes the situation worse," says Tim
Margeson, General Manager, CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc. "It's best to
call a specialist who has the experience, knowledge and technologies to take
control of your data loss problem, and quickly and effectively recover and
return your missing data to you." To ease the pain, CBL offers customers free
packaging and shipping of hard drives or laptops affected by tax data loss
through the national network of more than 285 The UPS Store and participating
Mail Boxes Etc. retail outlets across Canada. Details on this complimentary
service are available at www.cbltech.ca/shipping.html.

    About CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc. (www.cbltech.ca)

    Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Markham, Ontario, CBL Data Recovery
Technologies Inc. is a leading international provider of data recovery
services. CBL employs proprietary techniques to recover data quickly and
effectively from a wide array of affected media including hard drives, tapes,
and other magnetic, optical and removable media. CBL offers services worldwide
through its network of data recovery laboratories, customer service centers,
and authorized partners in Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada,
China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, United
Kingdom, and the United States.

For further information:

For further information: Susan Stuart, CBL Data Recovery Technologies
Inc., (905) 479-9938, 1-800-551-3917, sstuart@cbltech.com; Gary Hilson, Sacke
& Associates Inc., (416) 493-5723 ext. 203, garyh@sackepr.com

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