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Hacked taxpayers to be notified soon

COLUMBIA — South Carolina will soon start notifying taxpayers if their accounts were among those accessed by an international hacker, according to Gov. Nikki Haley’s office.

A spokesman for Haley said Friday that letters from the state Department of Revenue would start going out next week. Rob Godfrey also said that the notifications will be staggered and will go out through the end of this year.

This latest round of notifications, which go to taxpayers whose data was on the compromised servers, costs about $1.2 million – most of that for postage.

Revenue officials estimate that about 1.8 million letters will be sent to in-state tax filers, with up to 1.2 million letters going to out-of-state filers. About 800,000 taxpayers who have enrolled in Experian’s ProtectMyID plan and provided an e-mail address will receive e-mail notifications, officials said.

In other news

THE GEORGIA Department of Revenue reports state tax collections in November were down 1.1 percent from the same month a year ago. Total state revenues for the month were down by a slightly lower 0.7 percent.

AUTHORITIES in Savannah say an inmate escaped from jail by fooling guards into believing he was another prisoner due to be released. Chatham County sheriff’s deputies were still searching Friday for 30-year-old Ricardo Sean Chambers.

HUNDREDS OF employees were evacuated during a fire at the BMW plant in Greer, S.C. No one was hurt in the fire that started about 9:15 p.m. Thursday.


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