Indianapolis man’s tax return ends up in Washington State

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Mar. 22, 2014) — Imagine getting a surprise letter in the mail from someone you don’t even know, only to realize it contains your very personal information. It happened to an Indianapolis man, and it involves his tax forms.

“The minute I saw my name on that tax form, just complete shock,” said Matthew Dixon.

Dixon laid out his tax forms for no other reason than to show us that he has them. It is how he got them that is just so obscure.

“Sent my taxes in, paper, mid-February. Hadn’t heard anything, had done anything so I just started calling the IRS, stuff like that, couldn’t get ahold of them,” Dixon said.

Then, when he got his mail, that feeling of complete shock he said he felt, took over.

“Opened it up first and there’s all my tax forms with a letter that I’d probably want this back,” Dixon said.

Here is what that letter said, “This was received in my mailing from the IRS, I thought you might like to have it.”

It was signed “Sylvia H.” from Startup, WA.

“Never been there, don’t know anyone out in Washington,” Dixon said.

So how could this have happened to such hypersensitive documents?

“I admit that I forgot to sign my form, and so they (the forms) were mailing it back for a signature, but I don’t know how it ended up in Washington,” he said.

Dixon says he plans to call the IRS when the phone wait times aren’t so long to find out what happened. And if you ask him about his plans for next year, this is what he’ll tell you.

“I’m going to definitely e-file next time, not playing with the mail, but I am extremely thankful this woman to take time to mail it back to me and make sure it got safely back to me.”

If anything, this might empower you to be honest enough and do the same as this Sylvia H. did, just because of how sensitive tax forms are. FOX59 did reach out to the IRS to find out what happened, we’ll let you know when we hear something.

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