Mailing May Have Risked Taxpayers’ Identities

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NORWALK, Ohio — A mass mailing mistake may have put some Northeast Ohio taxpayers’ identities at risk.

Last week, the City of Norwalk mailed out 8,000 postcards reminding taxpayers who earned income in Norwalk that they are required to fill out a municipal income tax form.

The mailing contained a return postcard for anyone requesting a blank municipal income tax form. Norwalk Law Director Stuart O’Hara said that postcard mistakenly contained the taxpayer’s name and social security number.

“If they returned the postcard to the publisher because they wish to have a hard copy of the tax form then the social security number would become visible,” O’Hara stated.

Charlene Booher, of Norwalk, was surprised when she got the mailing.

“It had my social security number on it. I’m like –oh –that’s really nice. You know that’s a bad error on their part,” she said.

O’Hara said the…

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