DC Withdraws Money From Bank Accounts After ‘Computer Error'

Officials say the D.C. government's tax office erroneously withdrew $7 million from the bank accounts of hundreds of taxpayers because of a "computer error.''

The Office of Tax and Revenue said Thursday that the error occurred when it inadvertently processed income tax returns from other years, affecting 581 people who had previously authorized electronic bank-withdrawals.

Office spokeswoman Natalie Wilson told The Washington Post the office began contacting those affected shortly after the mix-up on Wednesday morning and that the money had been credited back to the accounts by Thursday. Wilson says those fees are expected to be minimal, and will come out of the office's regular budget. 

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