Hacking could raise tax processing bill
COLUMBIA — Taxpayer concerns about last fall’s hacking of a state agency are expected to lead to fewer online tax filings, potentially adding several hundred thousand dollars to the debacle’s nearly $22 million price tag.
While insisting it’s safe to e-file, Department of Revenue officials are preparing for taxpayers opting for the paper route.
“We envision we’ll have to hire part-time people with more paper files coming in,” interim Director Bill Blume said after a recent Senate panel hearing.
On Friday, the agency estimated needing 25 part-time workers to key in information. The agency expects to spend an additional $300,000 to $400,000 on paper processing.
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