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February 4, 2009

Editor's Note
In this issue of In The Zone: IT Zone, we've found some useful tips for you to ensure your important data is backed up properly and safely. By now we all know that much of our electronic data is only a power surge away from being lost, damaged, or compromised. There are no excuses for not having all of our data backed up and secure, although I must say that computer crashes kind of make me long for filing cabinets and paper I can touch.

And just when you thought all of the tax software options were exhausted, we've found a nice Excel spreadsheet that you can use for creating your tax return!

Finally, Intuit is giving away money to accounting firms that want to grow. Even without the financial incentive, we think it's time to take control of this lousy economy and start making things happen. Create a new position and give someone a job! Find a new niche business area that you can tap! C'mon! Let's get going!

Best regards,
Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor



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