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3.6 Million Social Security Numbers Compromised in South Carolina | David Knoble, CPA, PLLC

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3.6 Million Social Security Numbers Compromised in South Carolina

The South Car­olina Depart­ment of Rev­enue announced in a press release on Octo­ber 26, 2012 that not only were 3.6 mil­lion social secu­rity num­bers exposed as the result of a for­eign cyber attack, but approx­i­mately 387,000 debit and credit card num­bers were also exposed.  Addi­tion­ally, some of the data was not encrypted and those any­where in the United States or abroad that filed a South Car­olina tax return between 1998 and 2011 are at risk.  The South Car­olina Depart­ment of Rev­enue has setup a web page to update every­one on the progress of res­o­lu­tions and steps that can be taken by each indi­vid­ual tax­payer.  That web page is http://​www​.sctax​.org/​s​e​c​u​r​i​t​y​.​htm.  The phone num­ber to call listed on this web site is open 7 days a week, although the lines have been so busy the wait time is very long.

We do not yet know the full ram­i­fi­ca­tions to the resources of the South Car­olina Depart­ment of Rev­enue and have asked for assis­tance as South Car­olina CPA’s to block file any nec­es­sary SC Forms, IRS forms and other paper­work on behalf of our clients.  As of yet we are unable to assist our clients in mass, so action will need to be taken at the indi­vid­ual level.

If you are affected by this prob­lem, we rec­om­mend you also file an Iden­tity Theft Affi­davit, or Form 14039 with the Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice.  You can find out more about this gen­eral process at the IRS’s ID Theft Tool Kit page.

Finally, we have also spo­ken to some banker’s in the area who strongly sug­gest you con­sider can­celling any debt or credit card you may have used to pay for any South Car­olina taxes owed and ask the bank to reis­sue that card.  While that takes time to trans­fer any auto­matic drafts that may be used with that card, it will ensure some addi­tional pro­tec­tion should some­one be able to fraud­u­lently charge items on your account.  Con­tact your bank to have them help you through that process.  If you did not use a debit or credit card to pay taxes on your return, that infor­ma­tion should not be stored in the South Car­olina Depart­ment of Rev­enue data­base and should not be com­pro­mised as a result of this cyber attack.

We do not yet know the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of sub­mit­ting for a refund or pay­ment using a bank account.  How­ever, we will post that infor­ma­tion once obtained.

© 2012, david.knoble
by David Kno­ble, CPA, PLLC
Serv­ing Non-Profits, Busi­nesses & Indi­vid­u­als
Rock Hill, SC

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