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Tax forms for 27,000 people contain the personal info of others

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The Connecticut Department of Labor said Friday that tax forms mailed to 27,000 individuals contained information related to other taxpayers.

The department admitted the printing error on the 1099-G forms for people who collected unemployment compensation.

It said the department is required to report unemployment compensation payments of $10 or more on form 1099-G and that an error in the printing process caused the forms to contain correct information on the top portion of the form but pertinent information like names and addresses for someone else on the bottom.

"It was somebody else's name, with their Social Security number and information on it," said Pamela Richards of East Hampton.

Richards said she found the form in her mailbox Friday and that it even contained the income for someone else.

"I was devastated," Richards said. "This was a big boo-boo."

The state said geography played a key role in the error. The forms were printed in order of zip code. The labor department was trying to determine which towns are associated with the problem.

Credit protection and monitoring was offered to those affected.

Still, Richards said she'll be changing her bank passwords.

"To see my name on top of copy B and someone else's name on copy C, which would be my records, I was like 'oh, who's got my information?,'" said Richard.

The labor department said it's crucial for people to double check their 1099-G forms. It says accurate copies will me mailed out in the coming days.

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