Error in tax forms that share info

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The State Labor Department says it is frantically trying to correct a massive error before the end of this week.

Thousands of tax forms with someone else’s information started going to residents last week causing an avalanche of phone calls to the agency and e-mails to News 8.

Last year, 250,000 Connecticut residents received unemployment benefits. The Department of Labor is required to notify you, the state tax department, and the IRS how much you received.

By sending out this completed form before the end of January, but you are telling us many of the forms are messed up.

In an e-mail, Susan in Meriden writes:

“I have received my 1099, unemployment tax copy B and C. The top half is mine with the correct info and the bottom half is someone else, full Social Security included…Does this mean he or someone else has a copy of my personal info?”

Samantha in Derby writes:

“Just called the Department of Labor, apparently they are swamped with calls and advising they will call me back. I have someone else’s address and Social Security number and someone else has mine!”

State Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer says the agency has determined that a total of 27,000 of the messed up forms were sent out.

“We’re in the process of sending a letter to everyone collecting back those incorrect forms, offering people credit protection and in the meantime, figuring out what happened so it’ll never happen again,” said Cmsr. Sharon Palmer, CT Dept. of Labor.

“We re-printed the 27,000 bad ones over the weekend, staff are looking at those by hand today,” said Christine Paquette, CT Dept. of Labor.

The agency says they will have the corrected forms, and a stamped, self addressed envelope to return the bad forms to everyone by the end of this week.

As for the cause it has been determined to be human error someone on a computer punched in the wrong numbers.

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