The Grimmest Tax News Of All

As tax time nears, it's nice to know you can always depend on those crisply official forms to document your income--the W-2 from your employer, the 1098 from your mortgage lender, the 1099 from your bank. That's what Charleston County (S.C.) civil servants thought until they opened their W-2 envelopes recently. The forms said they were dead: For 1,500 county employees, the "deceased" box was marked with an "X."

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