Be Prepared – Backing up your TaxSlayer Program

Now that tax season has come to an end, it is the perfect time to make a complete backup of your TaxSlayer Pro program and client files. Having a copy of everything you worked on during the past filing season will give you peace of mind knowing that in the unfortunate event of a computer crash, or other unforeseen disaster, your TaxSlayer Pro program files and client files can easily be restored.

We recommend the use of a flash, or USB drive to make the backup of your program and client files. If you wish to back up the entire TaxSlayer Pro program, for years 2006 and later, you will need to locate the TaxSlayer folder on your C: drive (or the drive where your TaxSlayer program is installed). You should copy the entire TaxSlayer folder to your removable drive which will give you a complete backup of your tax programs for years 2006 – 2010.

Have you previously backed up prior year versions of your TaxSlayer program? If so, you may only want to back up the 2010 program to your flash or USB drive. If this is the case, you will need to locate the TaxSlayer folder located on your C: drive (or the drive where your TaxSlayer program is installed). You should copy the entire 2010 folder as well as the cfg2010.rcs file and the 2010pdfs folder (if you are a TaxSlayer Pro Premium user) to your removable drive.

Want to backup just your client files? The TaxSlayer Pro program includes a backup utility designed to help you back up selected client files, or all of your client files at once. From the Utilities Menu, you can select Backup Returns and select the drive letter assigned to your flash or USB drive. Select which clients you wish to backup, or you can back up all of your clients by selecting the Check All Button at the bottom of the client list.

Backing up your TaxSlayer Pro program files and client files only takes a few minutes, but could save you hours of unnecessary work in the unfortunate event that something happens to your computer. For detailed steps on backing up the TaxSlayer Pro program and your client files, you can visit our new knowledgebase and select the Backing Up Data category. You can also view a tutorial video by visiting the support website.