Virginia Beach Taxpayers Receive Neighbors Tax Form
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Several Virginia Beach taxpayers told News 3 that they received tax forms from their neighbors.
Of the. Tim Anderson (R-Virginia Beach) says the Virginia Department of Taxation told him the issue affects about 13,000 people in the city.
Neighbors say the News 3 1099-G forms were addressed to them, but when they open the envelopes, the form actually belongs to their neighbors.
The forms contain the last four digits of people’s social security numbers as well as the amount of reimbursement they receive.
Of the. Anderson told News 3 that the Department of Taxation is now returning the forms to correct the issues. He hopes the neighbors will help each other and exchange forms, but calls the situation a “data breach”.
Anderson says he has been in contact with the Youngkin administration about the state providing credit monitoring services and is also filing legislation to address the issue.
“Someone made a mistake, and they made a big mistake,” Anderson said. “It happened and the remedy is to provide credit monitoring services to those affected, so that if someone tries to steal your identity, you get alerts from credit monitoring services.”
In response to questions from News 3, the Department of Taxation told News 3 that it regrets the error, adding, “Virginia Tax takes the protection of taxpayer information very seriously. We are addressing a reported issue affecting 1099 -G printed for a number of taxpayers in the Virginia Beach area. We have thoroughly investigated this matter with the seller and identified the specific taxpayers involved. Fortunately, all personal account information on Form 1099-G are redacted, so that relevant taxpayer information remains safe and secure.
Neighbors News 3 spoke with saying they don’t feel ‘safe and secure’.
“I think there is a panic related to this. You are worried about the security of your information and that the government has passed your information to someone,” said Laura Roberts, who was able to obtain her form. correct from a neighbor.
“It doesn’t make me feel very safe because my name, address and social security number are inside and with other things it could be a big security issue,” said Judith Barclay, who doesn’t know where her form is.
Barclay actually received the form from Roberts and was able to deliver it to him. “I think it was an unfortunate mistake and should have been made up for,” Barclay said.
News 3 asked if credit monitoring services would be offered, and here’s what the department responded:
“While we remain confident that taxpayer data is safe and secure, we understand that those directly impacted by this issue have concerns. We are exploring options to alleviate these concerns and will provide further information once we have finalized the details.
Virginia Department of Taxation
The Tax Department said it would release additional information on Tuesday.
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