CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc.

CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc.

March 29, 2007 12:17 ET

'The Computer Ate My Tax Return': Tips to Avoid Panic on Tax Day

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 29, 2007) - 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 drive

- 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

"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.

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