Personal information exposed after state sends wrong tax forms to thousands

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Thousands of 1099 letters for those who qualify for unclaimed funds were sent by the state to the wrong people.

The Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Unclaimed Funds said some of the forms included personal information such as Social Security Numbers.

State officials said the problem was a result of a processing error.

About 9,000 consumers were impacted by the error, officials said.

While most of those consumers should have already received the correct letter, about one-third have not. The division will be sending the correct form by the end of next week.

“We’re moving quickly to address this issue and to ensure consumers have an accurate 1099 for tax purposes,” Superintendent of the Division of Unclaimed Funds Akil Hardy said. “I encourage consumers to contact us to find out if the form they currently have is accurate and learn how to dispose of inaccurate forms. We are working diligently to issue corrected forms where necessary and should complete that process by the end of next week,” said Kerry Francis, a spokesperson for the agency.

It’s unclear if any taxpayer information was compromised.

Consumers are urged to check the form they received with the division before filing their taxes.

“I encourage consumers to contact us to find out if the form they currently have is accurate and learn how to dispose of inaccurate forms,” said Akil Hardy, a spokesperson for the Division of Unclaimed Funds.

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