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Only Four Days Left Till Tax Day! Staples To Make Free Copies Of Tax Returns For Last Minute Filers; Company Stresses Importance of Keeping Hard Copies of Important Documents

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 11, 2005--Attention all last minute tax filers! Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) will make every tax payer a free copy of their 2004 tax return this week at its 1,200 Copy & Print Centers nationwide and at some of the nation's busiest post offices on Friday until midnight.

In an age when more and more people are filing taxes electronically and being told to shred documents containing personal information, the company is reminding everyone to keep hard copy of important documents. In observance of Tax Day, mobile Staples Copy & Print Centers will be located at post offices located in Boston (Fort Point, 25 Dorchester Ave), Chicago (Cardiss Collins Postal Store, 433 W. Harrison Street), Los Angeles (Airport Station- Los Angeles International Airport) and New York City (James A. Farley, 441 8th Avenue).

"We have all become so comfortable storing and sending data electronically, that many people are not keeping hard copies of important documents. Nothing is easier to access and more reliable than a paper copy of your taxes," said John Burke, senior vice president of business services at Staples. "We're hoping we can save our customers future time and money by offering free copies of tax returns at our copy centers and at several of the busiest post offices."

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as of March 25th, 49 million 2004 tax returns had been filed electronically, up 7 percent from last year. Tax payers who require an exact copy of a previously filed tax return must file a Form 4506 and pay the IRS a $39.00 fee. Experts recommend keeping a file of tax returns and any records reported in the return including worksheets, payroll records, receipts, year-end interest statements and canceled checks.

"The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants supports electronic filing of tax returns and also recommends keeping a backup hard copy of the return and related records, such as invoices or receipts, for at least three years," said Tom Ochsenschlager, vice president-taxation for the AICPA.

Documents that are not vital to record keeping should be shredded to protect against identity theft. The number of small businesses and households that own a shredder is on the rise due to the increased awareness of this growing issue. In 2004, Staples saw an increase of 18 percent over 2003 in shredder sales. The company sold over 1.6 million shredders that cross-cut paper into small pieces and destroy credit cards, floppy and compact discs.

Staples Copy & Print Centers are full-service centers that make copying and printing easy for small businesses and guarantee its quality and service. Some of the services offered include digital color copying and printing, self-copiers, laminating, cutting, folding and various types of binding and many more. For a complete list of store locations, log on to www.staples.com.

About Staples

Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company. With 65,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2004 sales of $14.4 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 21 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,680 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.

About AICPA

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (www.aicpa.org) is the national, professional organization of CPAs, with approximately 350,000 members, including CPAs in business and industry, public practice, government, and education; student affiliates, and international associates. It sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. private auditing standards. It also develops and grades the uniform CPA Examination.

CONTACT: Staples, Inc.
Sharyn Frankel, 508-253-7895
sharyn.frankel@staples.com
or
Mary Hightower, 561-998-1995
mhightower@tilsonpr.com
SOURCE: Staples, Inc.