Government fixes incorrect Social Security tax forms

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Uncle Sam is sending out an apology to more than two and a-half million people who were given a tax form with incorrect payment information on it.

The Social Security Administration is mailing new tax forms, along with a written apology, to correct one sent out earlier this month. The document is needed for Social Security recipients to complete their federal income tax returns and find out if their benefits are taxable.

The government says a computer error caused Medicare and other deduction amounts for 2006 to be included in the amounts for 2007. The agency also plans to send the corrected information to the Internal Revenue Service.

The new forms will be arriving in the mail with the words "Corrected Notice" printed on the envelope.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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