December 27, 2012

SC tax info won't be in the mail

Thousands of South Carolinians expecting to receive tax information electronically won’t see it in their inbox.

The S.C. Department of Revenue is sending out notices that 1099G/INT forms, which alert filers to the amount of refund, credit or interest issued in a calendar year, will be mailed in January instead of bring emailed.

About 65,000 South Carolinians checked a box on their tax return last year expressing interest in receiving their 1099 information electronically this year, said Samantha Cheek,cq agency spokeswoman. The number of affected Beaufort County residents was not available.

This would have been the first year the agency electronically sent the forms, but it decided not to proceed with the project this year.

“By placing the 1099G box on the 2011 return, we were gathering information to determine future feasibility of this project,” Cheek said. “It is a matter of DOR prioritizing projects for the future.”

The change had nothing to do with the hacking of the agency earlier this year, Cheek said.

In September, a computer hacker stole the tax filings of nearly 4 million adults and 700,000 businesses in a massive security breach at the state agency. The state is paying Experian $12 million for one year of credit monitoring and call-center operators.

The 1099 forms may be emailed in future years.

“Discussions are ongoing regarding possible changes for upcoming years,” Cheek said.

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