State announces problems with 30,000 tax forms

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says it is working to remedy a computer glitch that caused about 30,000 people to receive incorrect information on their tax forms.

The problem is with the 1099G form, which is filed by people who have received unemployment benefits. The glitch affects about one-third of the people the OESC deals with.

"The numbers are okay," said Shalonda Sanders, the department's director of re-employment services. "It's just what was printed in that one box that was incorrect and now has been corrected."

Computers truncated every number to the left of the "tens" column in the box that shows the amount of federal income tax that has been withheld.

For Sohrab Bassiri, instead of showing the $620 he had contributed to the government, his 1099G showed he had only paid $20 -- meaning by his calculations he still owed the government $600.

"It didn't really stick out to me until I was actually typing in the numbers," said Bassiri, who was filing his own taxes this year. "Initially I was surprised that they made a mistake. But the takeaway is to be more attentive and know basic math."

The OESC says people told the agency there were problems in January, at which point Sanders says she sent new 1099G  forms to all those affected. She says there is not a problem with the actual numbers, just with the system that put them on the page.

If you believe your forms are incorrect, you can call the OESC at 405-525-1500 or 1-800-555-1554.

You can also visit the department's website, and click "Inquire on Monies Reported to IRS (1099)."

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