Healthcare.gov just can't catch a break -- it's been targeted by hackers and shared personal information with marketing companies in the past six months, and now it's trying to clean up a mess for the nearly 800,000 people it just sent incorrect tax information to. The Obama administration confirmed the issue earlier this morning, and officials promised on the Healthcare.gov blog to contact affected households via phone call and email over the next few days. Needless to say, don't file your taxes yet if you signed up for health insurance using the site this past year. Better safe than sorry, right?
Alas, the news came too late save some 50,000 people who already filed their returns -- they'll be given instructions on how to re-file soon enough. This all might come as welcome news to people who didn't want to sit down with a copy of TurboTax for an hour, but it could wind up being a crushing blow to affected people who really needed that tax refund soon. Officials told The New York Times they weren't exactly sure how the glitch happened (expect an investigation to follow shortly), but 80 percent of the folks who used Healthcare.gov to sign up for insurance were in the clear as far as the IRS is concerned. Updated tax forms are expected to hit people's mailboxes in early March, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.