Uncle Sam apologizes

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January 25, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.---The government is apologizing to 2.5 million people who were given a tax form with incorrect payment information on it.

The Social Security Administration is mailing new 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 forms 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 will also send the corrected information to the Internal Revenue Service.

If you get a new form, it will arrive in the mail with the words "Corrected Notice" printed on the envelope.

If you have questions, you can visit www.ssa.gov or call toll-free

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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