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Province says some letters mailed out to wrong businesses

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About 35 letters from Manitoba Finance demanding payment for retail sales tax accounts in arrears have been mailed out to the wrong businesses, the province said today.

The province says the statements may have been wrongly included in the envelopes for other businesses.

The statements display the business name, address, account number and amount of retail sales tax in arrears.

The province said when the mistake was discovered, it took immediate action to find the cause and fix it, plus it is directly notifying all businesses that may be affected.

Manitoba Finance has apologized for the error and continues to investigate.

The province also contacted the provincial ombudsman to get advice about an appropriate plan for notifying affected businesses.

If a business owner has not received a statement or has got a statement along with one concerning another business, contact Manitoba Finance at 204-945-5603 or 1 800 782 0318 (toll-free).

The province says anyone with concerns about whether their personal information might have been affected can also contact the provincial ombudsman by mail: 750 - 500 Portage Ave. (Colony Square), Winnipeg, MB R3C 3X1; phone: 204-982-9130 or 1-800-665-0531 (toll-free); fax: 204-942-7803; or email: ombudsman@ombudsman.mb.ca.

 

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