The state Department of Revenue revealed last week that several tax forms were sent out with personal social security numbers printed on the front. The forms were mailed to nearly 170,000 Wisconsinites. State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield) says such a mistake is unacceptable. He says it exposes thousands of people to the possibility of having their identity stolen. Kanavas wants the Revenue Department to offer identity theft protections for those affected by the mistake. Those tools include obtaining a credit report to make sure nobody has been abusing the information.
Department of Revenue spokeswoman Meredith Helgerson says officials are already urging taxpayers to take action and to get a credit report. The Department has been working to track down where the forms were sent.