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VT Department of Taxes inadvertently releases more than 1,000 SSNs


MONTPELIER – The Vermont Department of Taxes (VDT) inadvertently displayed personal data from a weekly batch of Property Transfer Tax Returns for less than two hours on a vendor portion of its website on January 9th.


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The Vermont Department of Taxes is moving aggressively to ensure that taxpayers are protected from identity theft.  All affected taxpayers will receive a letter alerting them that their personal information was inadvertently disclosed.  Letters will be sent no later than Saturday, January 14th.  The letter encourages taxpayers affected by the inadvertent disclosure to take the following steps:  Call or email the Department of Taxes if they have questions regarding this issue.  Taxpayers may call (866) 348-4038 or email questions toTax.DataProtection@state.vt.us   Check back for updates posted on our website at http://www.state.vt.us/tax/DataProtection.shtml.  The Department will also post updates through its Facebook page and Twitter account.  Learn more about credit monitoring, details to be set forth in the letter to individual taxpayers.  While we are confident that the risk to affected taxpayers is small, the Department encourages taxpayers to use these resources.  Also, the Vermont Department of Taxes is immediately reviewing all safeguards related to the disclosure of taxpayer information.  Department staff will strengthen the procedures related to the publication of this specific report.   Also, standard operating procedure at VDT requires that the Taxpayer Advocate investigate and prepare a report with recommendations after any such inadvertent disclosure.  “Safeguarding your personal information is the top priority of the Department of Taxes, and we will take every corrective action to ensure that this mistake does not occur again,” said Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson.  “I encourage all affected taxpayers to take advantage of the resources being offered to address this unfortunate error.” Mary Peterson, Tax Commissioner State of Vermont January 10, 2012           View the discussion thread Permalink

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