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1,000 Bogus Tax Warnings Mailed to Mainers
01/14/2014 10:01 AM ET  

State officials say the letters, which threaten to garnish recipients' wages or seize their property, were sent out in error due to a software glitch at a print facility.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The state of Maine has mailed erroneous tax warnings to 1,000 Maine residents, demanding immediate payment for income taxes, penalties and interest. The letters threatened to garnish recipients' wages or seize of their property if payments were not made.

David Heidrich from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services tells the Portland Press Herald  that the error was caused by a software glitch at a print facility. He says 3,500 test letters containing incorrect information were destroyed, but 1,000 letters from a second batch were mistakenly mailed.

Jamin Brown of Saco said he worried about the letter he received all weekend before calling Maine Revenue Servies on Monday. He said he was told several hundred others had called to complain about the mistaken letters.



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