First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

There has been a lot of talk (and confusion) about the economic stimulus bill and what it means to home buyers. Who qualifies? What year can I claim the credit? How much of a refund would I get back? What are the criteria to receive the credit? So I'm going to attempt to answer the most common questions about the bill. Keep in mind, I am NOT a tax professional or accountant and always recommend when it comes to your taxes to seek the advice of an accredited tax professional.

That being said, the bill states that first time home buyers can claim a tax credit worth $8,000 OR 10% of the home's value, whichever amount is less. So, if you bought a condominium for $65,000, your tax credit under the bill would be $6,500, not $8,000.


In order to qualify for the credit, the home purchase must be made between January 1st and November 30th of 2009 (so if you buy a home on December 1, 2009 you are not eligible). In addition, there are income restrictions as well. To qualify, a single person must make less than $75,000 a year. Married couples must make under $150,000 a year. However, higher income buyers may receive a partial credit. You must also live in the house purchased for at least three years or you will be required to pay back the credit. The property being purchased can not be owned by a close relative like a parent, grandparent or one of your children. The definition in bill for a first time home buyer is anyone that has not owned a home in the last three years.

Tax Filing

The credit can be claimed on your 2008 or 2009 income taxes. Now as I said you can claim the credit on your 2008 tax filing. If you have already filed them, you can file an amended return to claim the credit if you wish to do so. Based on the feeback we've been getting, the process takes about 12 weeks. Another great thing about the credit it that it is fully refundable, so even if your total tax bill (refund) is less than $8,000 (and you qualify for that amount of a credit), you would still receive the full $8,000 back plus the amount you had overpaid.

For example, John's taxes showed that he had paid $5,000 in taxes over the year. He filed his return and he actually only owed $3,000 in taxes. Normally he would have received a refund of $2,000. But under this bill, he would receive the full $10,000 instead! To claim the credit on your taxes is just a matter of filling out the form, without any additional paperwork involved.

This is a simplified breakdown of the economic stimulus bill. I highly recommend consulting a professional tax service regarding your taxes. You can download the tax form here:

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Ok, so I mailed my amended

Ok, so I mailed my amended return 7 weeks ago and everytime I call, they don't show any update in the system. This seems like awfully personal information to just be lost somewhere... Should I send it in again? I really dont want the process to start all over. I didn't receive it back at the return address. Has anyone else experienced this " we don't show any record of receiving it" story? I'm starting to get frustrated and it's only 7 weeks in... What to do..

Don't be frustrated my

Don't be frustrated my information did not show up until eight weeks after I mailed my amended return in at that time the representative says my check will be mailed June 11, 2010 with interest.

Filed in Feb

We filed our paperwork in Feb. Nothing showed up in their system until late March telling us they had finally received and if no errors, we should get by April 20th. April 2nd we received a letter that told us to only send paperwork listed on the letter. The funny part? There was nothing listed to send! I called the IRS and the guy said to send in all forms and schedules again. I sent this on April 8th. I called April 20th as the WMR site had not changed and was told they had no info. They couldn't even tell me if they'd received our fax. The next day, the status on the WMR changed, so I called to see if they had any further information. The rep yelled at me for calling! After arguing with her on the phone over the inefficient manner in which they operate, my phone finally died...I guess it was from being on hold too long. Yesterday (May 12th) I finally faxed paperwork to an advocate as I still have not received anything from the IRS. I called the IRS today, and she would not speak to me because I have been assigned an advocate. It's funny because the other rep told me I wouldn't get an advocate as I hadn't been waiting long enough. She actually argued with me over how long it takes them to get a return!
I think it is ridiculous that no one there has any answers. The answers are all kept in another department to which no one....not even the IRS reps have access to! What a load of garbage!

amended return

we also went thru HR Block for our 1st time home buyer credit. we filed feb 1 2010. they saidit wasnt recieved until march 7th. inwhich that is a sunday but whatever. i have spoke to the irs a few times an get different answers everytime. one says 8-12 weeks one says 12-16 weeks. i called today now there saying i will be receiving a letter for further review. r u serious! we go thru hr block to prevent any issues an once again theres a problem. i really think they should all be retrained because none of them are on the same page. i am alittle upset at the fact the one to keep asking for more an more information. you would think they would just do it an get it over with. i can understand if you didnt send in the information they ask for the first time but if you sent in everything they request the first time they should just get over it in stop messing with people. guess we will be waiting another 12 - 16 weeks right...

Call your Congressman!

I closed on my first house on October 9, 2009. My amended 2008 taxes and request for the $8000 tax credit were received by the IRS on October 23, 2009. We were told it would take 6-8 weeks to receive the check. Then we were told that it would take 8-12 weeks to receive the check. Then we were told it would take 12-16 weeks to receive the check. We called and called for updates and all they would say is "in review". In mid February we received a letter requesting a number of new documents. We sent these in and they were received by the IRS on March 15, 2010. They said that we were in review still. After 6 months I contacted a tax advocate. She was not any help. I received more help calling the IRS myself. I got the idea from this blog to call my State Representative. I live in Massachusetts. I contacted him, and he immediately referred me to my Congressman. His office sent letters to the IRS immediately and enlisted the help of a Congressional Liason Caseworker. When I called the IRS for an update, they said it would take maybe another month or two until we were being reviewed. The Congressional Caseworker made a few phone calls and pushed our claim right through. Within two weeks I have confirmation that not only has my case been reviewed and closed...but ALLOWED! This was the best news I have received in 7 months. So- call you congressman. Get Congress involved! It will help you! My husband and I have had to take on second jobs to keep ourselves afloat without the tax credit money in our account. We never planned on having to go 7 months without our savings. Call your Congressman!

Hey I'm also in MA can you

Hey I'm also in MA can you tell me who to call?

WOW! Are you kidding me?

After waiting for what seems like an eternity for my $8000 homebuyer credit, I got a letter in the mail stating that I was DENIED this credit due to a PRIOR HOME OWNERSHIP!
. . um . .yea, I've never owned a home until I bought my current house last year!! I spent my first 22 years living at home with the parents, and the next 10 years shelling out rent money at various apartment complexes! WTF!!!!!!!

I called the IRS and the lady told me she could not find any records of me owning a home . unfortunately, she couldn't resolve it for me over the phone . . I had to send a letter explaining that I have never owned a previous home! This is RIDICULOUS!!! Guess I'll just have to sit and wait even longer . . . .


Hello, I was reading all

I was reading all comments about denied home buyer credits, we have bought our first home in December 09 and in april 10 we have got a letter from IRS that prior my husband's homeownership our home buyer credit has been denied.
We have never owned any house or property ever, so I can feel your frustrations.
I have sent them an explanation letter and spent long time on the phone with IRS.
Before we married, my husband lived for about 10 years with his parents in their home, which I thought that was the problem, because my husband has the same name except he is JUNIOR.
Well, after I talked to IRS over the phone, she looked through our tax returns and asked me why we filed an energy credit of 300.00 dollars in 2007 . I had to think about it for a minute and realized that our tax agent used an energy credit in 2007 because we purchased an energy star washer and dryer for our rented apartment. Other then that she didn't see any other indications or records that we would own a previous house.
I just received a letter from IRS that their investigation is not completed and it will take them up to 45 days. You will probably get a similar letter. Good luck


I am relieved that I'm not the only one going through husband and I bought our first home July 2009 after renting an apartment for 2 years and then renting a house for another 2 years. I also got a letter from the IRS denying us the first time homebuyer's credit due to we previously purchased a house. I called them and the lady said that she could not find a record in her system that proves we purchased a house before 2009. She said that she could not help us and to send a letter in the mail disputing the IRS notice of change.

I am sending a letter this weekend and will also be sending:
*copies of all the lease agreements
*credit reports
*copy of the form 1040 I already sent (just in case they are too lazy to pull my file)
*copy of the HUD-1 Settlement Statement

I don't know what else I can do...hopefully they'll do more research before denying people their tax credit. I don't understand... they are the gov't. how hard is it to pull somebody's credit report to double check??!!!

This credit is BS

Closed on Aug 19, 2009. At that time they weren't requesting proof.
So in October /Nov they asked for the statements, bills, drivers license, etc. So I sent it in.
In January I received a letter saying they received the information and to wait another 30 days. Finally in March I get a letter saying it has been allowed and will take 6 to 8 weeks.
I called a week ago to check the status and they told me my file has been closed but with no distribution day. IRS lady said she will look into it and call me back...ha..yeah ok!
2 weeks later, I call again and same thing, nothing has been resolved. Shows that the withdrawal and credit has been allowed but with no distribution date.
IRS guy told me to get in contact with a tax advocate to get it resolved....WTF!

Phone Number

Which number did you all call to check your status? I can't get past the recording because I sent in an addendum the day after I filed my taxes,.. couldn't get paperwork in time on tax day. Anyone have any idea how or where I can check the status of my tax creditaddendumed return,.. not my income tax? Im lost

Can one fax paperwork????

Is there a fax number to send the stuff? I am sick and tired of mailing stuff in and then getting informed they did not get it.

First and foremost,

First and foremost, congratulations to all the new home owners. The comments and concerns on this website has personally increased my patience with this process. I have not received my refund. I filed in Jan. Submitted more info in March. Today, the IRS informed me that I'm still 2 to 4 weeks away from knowing the mailing date of the refund. I'm viewing my potential credit as a reimbursement of funds that I put into purchasing my home. I've always been decent with living within my means but knowing that $8,000+ is sitting in the gov't system instead of my bank account can get frustrating. I'll continue to be assertive but calm. To the new home owners who are struggling and stressing for whatever reasons due to the delays, I hope you receive everything you wish for in due time. Since I visit this sight periodically, please keep sending your advice and comments (good/bad). Hopefully everyone that hasn't receive their refund will and when they do get it, let us all know.

7 months and counting

I mailed my ammended 2008 return on October 12th. It's been 7 months and I have sent in the additional information they asked for. I received a letter that stated I would hear something by May 15th. ugh.

My son bought a house in November and I advised him to wait to file his with his 2009 taxes which he did and got his $8,000 back with is regular refund in about 5 weeks.

It is hard to continue to be patient.

Has anyone been denied?

Has anyone been denied and then approved? I was denied in February because I paid mortgage interest on another home. I THINK I've proved that i no longer own that own and that i haven't lived there but you never know. Any advice????

I'm located in virginia my

I'm located in virginia my fiancé bought a home in November 2009 we filed at h&r block feb 15 2010 the IRS sent us a letter 6 weeks later and says our settlement statement needs to be sent which I thought h&r block put our settlement statement in there. We sent the settlement statement express mail and that was around march 16 when it got there. We called the IRS the next week they said more then likely the process will start all over again. Then we called may 4 and they said it has been processed they will start mailing them out may 7 2010 so hopefully they are telling the truth because it's may 10 today the mail have not came yet but I know mail takes 3 to 5 days so I'm going to stand by the mail box all this week and wAit and wait and wait lol if it do not come i'm going to scream so loud that the whole world can here me lol my fiancé and I are getting married with this money we keep pushing the date back.


I have been following this board for months. Saturday I received a letter from the IRS stating that they have changed my 2008 tax return and we will get our check in the next 2 weeks.

What I did. Bought house in late 2009. Filed 2009 taxes on Feb 2nd. Appended my 2008 tax return on Feb 2nd with my HUD statement. (this way my 2009 refund would not be delayed)

According to the IRS, May 4th was my 12 week processing time. So technically my turn around time will 15 weeks with the IRS. However, I did not have any delays or request for more paperwork.

Good luck everyone, hope my comments help!

Screwed by the IRS

My Son and his wife took the credit on this years tax filings.. Sent off on Feb 2nd and still nothing...

They keep telling him to wait another 4 weeks...

He is very pissed... And thinks the IRS is ran by a bunch of F.I.s

I have to begin to agree...

Why dont they send the part of his refund that is not part of the FTHBC...


where do i call and how long

where do i call and how long is the process hope someone could help me thanks

IRS says I owned a house before.

I just closed on my first house Aug. 2009. I file my taxes through H and R Block and it says I owe some money, but I still qualify for the $8,000 credit, but I won't get the full amount. According to IRS getting $7381 back and it's supposed to come by May 4. I check near May 4 to see why I haven't gotten any deposit back yet and now it says that I owe them money. I call 3 times, because they hung up on me twice before that and they tell me that I was disqualified because I've owned property before.
I have never owned any kind of property before in my life and now from what I'm told I have to send a letter back with my SSN and explaining that you may have gotten me confused with my dad, because we have the same first and last name.
I sent a copy of the HUD statement and everything they asked for and I still get screwed. Hopefully I get the money before next year so I can finally finish up my yard so it doesn't look like a trash dump.

they did the same to me.

they did the same to me. after sending every thing again and talking to the irs twice and them telling me they dont know why i was denied. weeks later i called again and found out i claimed interest in section A line 10 of my 2008 tax return on a camp trailer i stayed in working out of town. they told me to wright and explain and maybe ill get it. if that dont work i could ammend my 2008 tax return. hope this helps

Still waiting

- 2/5/10 Filed tax paper and Final Settlement Statement HUD-1 sent

- IRS website said to expect refund by 4/6/10 if no errors

- 3/30/10 Received letter saying the need the HUD-1 (delaying tactic...) They said I have 20 days to send this in.

- I called and no one can tell me what happened to my original HUD-1. They say just send in what they ask on the letter. OK

- 4/1/10Sent HUD-1 again certified mail

- 4/3/10 IRS received my HUD-1 according to tracking information on certified mail

- 5/3/10 Called IRS can't tell me anything at this time. I was told to call back on 5/10/10 because by then I should receive a letter regarding the status by deadline requirement. If I don't hear anything, I was advised to call on 5/11/10 for status then. I asked what happened to my original HUD-1 sent. The woman told me she know someone from the department that handles the review and she thinks they didn't lose it. They just ask for it again to make sure I have the same document. I don't know what is next. I hope they don't continue to ask me to piece meal to send it documents and continue to delay 8 weeks for each document request attempt.

I will keep logging my status after May 11, 2010

Where is the link to check

Where is the link to check status of refi credit? (or first time buyer credit)?

Don't panic...they're not all horror stories

My own experience: Closed on my house just before New Year's. Filed my taxes mid-March. Not sure if this matters, but I do my own TurboTax, no accountant, no third party. I also filed the old-fashioned paper/snail mail way. Got my refund in 6 weeks.

Say I owned property

That's ok. The IRS says I will be refunded by May 4. I check again a week later and they say I owe money. I call and talk to someone and they say I've owned property before. This is my first house ever. So now I have to wait for a letter so I can send a letter with my ssn and a HUD statement explaining that you might have got me confused with my father who has the same first name as me. So who knows how long I will have to wait.

Been waiting 7 months

We have been waiting 7 months for our first time home buyers credit. We filed an ammended return on your 2008 return on Oct 15 2009. It is now almost the middle of may and still haven't got our credit. We have mailed the additional info they requested and they received they are reviewing it again. Not sure how much longer it will take. They said we should hear "something" by June 1st..but we have got three letters like that and they just keep pushing the date. Does anyone know if they pay interest on top of the credit since it is taking longer then the amount of time originally quoted. We were originally told 3-4 months.

FINALLY! They received my

FINALLY! They received my info on 10/26/09 and after nearly 7 months I got my check in the mail yesterday w/ interest. You need to be patient, but the day will come.

7 months still waiting

Bought my house in Oct 2009 send in amended return Irs got it Nov. 9,2009
called every two weeks, they had no information. Got a letter in Feb 2010 wanting Hud statement again, copy of driver Licsince, bank statement mortage statement sent all infomation in was gotten march 3rd still no response. applyed for the tax advcate was told I did not quaily for one, she said I was not in financial hardship, even though I am on medical leave from both of my jobs. So at this point still waiting, and hoping it will be soon. Each time call IRS and the person on the phone will tell you something different, makes no sense at all. Good luck to all

Hope this helps!

My husband and I bought our 1st home on Jan 26, 2010. We sent in our ammended return feb.29th. We both had heard from several sources that this was going to be a long wait, so we decided to be patient. We sent on 1040x with HUD1 and contract for the home. Thats it! Our check was mailed on Apr.30 and recieved Tuesday, May 4. I know when your waiting for that kind of money, its hard not to be anxious, but I was getting the same answers from the IRS and everything was just fine. Good luck and I hope that everyone gets their money soon!

One year and counting...

Closed on my house May 5th, 2009. It's now one full year later, and I'm still waiting. Yes, they'll give you the run-around for a very looooong time if you let them. Just keep filing the paperwork and stay on the phone! Call them weekly until you speak to a representative that will actually help you. I called 2 weeks ago and found out that the money has been simply sitting there, "on hold", for no apparent reason. Luckily, the representative said she knew the appropriate paperwork to file to have it released. Still waiting for the check though...

I am experiencing the same

I am experiencing the same thing!! I am so sad right now... I feel that Obama made some folks mad or something when he passed this bill...i was denied they say because i have owned a home before... NEVER.. i am only 29 yrs old and I just got my credit good enough to buy home...whheeeewww...

Still Waiting

I knew there would be a delay, so I went ahead and filed my 2009 return in order to receive something. I mailed my amended return 2/26/2010. I called April 26 and was told that it is being reviewed. They lady said that I should receive a check on May 22 (which is a Saturday). She also said that if I don't receive it, then call back on that day to see if I will get it on June 25. Hopefully, it will come this month.

Tax Advocate

I filed my return in January and have been given the run around just like alot of you on this site. The last call I had in to the IRS the Representative was very nice and helpful. The rep said she was going to forward my information to a tax advocate. Do the advocates really work? And does the IRS do the refering or does the taxpayer normally have to contact them. Any comments on this matter would be appreciated.

Tax Advocate

I've been dealing with the tax advocates now for over a month. We were supposed to get our credit on May 11th. Instead we got a letting saying we didnt sign out tax returns. Which BTW is total bullshit. We signed and initialed everything. Anyway, our case worker refuses to return our calls. We can never get a hold of him. He called us last week only because we reported him to his manager for not calling us back. So i think its just the luck of the draw on who you get in that department.

IRS dragging their feet

It appears IRS on purpose dragging their feet and delaying refund. I filed my return in February and in may they sent me a letter ro explain how the federal tax witheld number was arrived at, something they should already have it and they can get it from W-2s and 1099-INT.

They are holding my big refund (first time home buyers credit) for no reason, the information they requested is just for the name sake, something they should already have it. It isn't like the return was filed with errors etc.

Now everytime they request something, you fax them documents, you have to wait 6 weeks before they would update the status. Not sure how long I will have to wait before I would see my refund. But definately seems like their is some gimmick being played here to delay the refund.

...Still waiting for ours.

...Still waiting for ours. No hope here.

Run Around

My sister works for HR Block so she already knew what to expect, we sent all the forms the closing paper work, copy of i.d, copy of utility bill with new address in the mid of february certified mail. Check on status middle of march it said 45 days. I get a letter at the end of march saying my return is being reviewed but nothing required. First of April I get a request for picture id with new address (already sent) and more proof of residency (bank statemen acceptable) Send those in now 6 weeks later I check the where's my return and all I get is, its being reviewed but they nice give me a link to my options in case my claim of a return is denied.

home tax credit refund

saw ur post about run around on receiving refund. i sent mine in certified mail too! what web page page did u use to check refund status? i havent seen anywhere to check on this refund!?

Interest on Tax Credit?

I've been waiting over 6 months for my credit and the only thing keeping me calm is the fact that we will receive interest on this money. Curious how much interest I'd be receiving, I looked into several websites. According to everyone who has received their checks, it seems that people between 12 weeks and 8+months are all receiving about $320 in interest on the $8000. Shouldn't the amount of interest correlate with how long the government has been holding your money? Seems suspect to me that everyone is receiving the same amount.

Homebuyers tax credit A JOKE!!!

I now have my state senator's office involved, a tax "advocate" reviewing the return, and the IRS "reviewing" for quality assurance purposes." Four months of nothing but excuses and delays.

I will NEVER EVER AGAIN mail in my return for ANY amount of credit! This homebuyer;s tax return has been nothing but a total disaster and headache for thousands of people. The IRS was totally not prepared for this.

I do my taxes on Turbo Tax

I do my taxes on Turbo Tax each year. I e-filed my state & mailed my federal since I qualified for the existing homeowner $6500. I mailed my federal 3/1/10. I included all required documentation of my new home purchase. I kept checking the status of my refund weekly on Each time the expected date kept changing. Finally, it said my refund would be direct deposited 4/16/10. However, there was a note that I would be getting $6500 less. It also stated I would receive a letter explaining the difference. I already knew what it was.

I called that night & gave the rep a reference # and issue code (both of which were included in the "where is my refund" message on I spoke with a nice lady who couldn't tell me why I was denied. She asked several questions concering the buy/sell of previous home & new home purchase. She said she would contact me the next day. I didn't expect her to do so that quickly. I never heard from anyone again. I called the next week and was told that the previous rep had sent an internal memo to herself concerning my call. The irs policy is no other rep can help or investigate this issue until 30 days after the internal memo was sent. I was told only the original rep could work on my issue.

This Monday will be 31 days since. I plan on calling again. In the meantime I did receive a letter from the irs stating why I didn't get the $6500. The stated their records showed I owned a prior home and therefore wasn't eligible for the credit. It even referenced a specific line & form where the info was entered on my taxes. I hope that it will be as simple as confusing the $8000 & $6500 credits.

For what it's worth both reps told me that this specific tax issue was a mess. Everyone was having problems. Both calls were close to an hour with both reps telling they couldn't see why I didn't get the credit. I'm patient but I'm getting nervous that know one seems to come close to setting any type of expectations.

Any thoughts?????

Same thing for me. Closed

Same thing for me. Closed last week of November. Because of the unexpected game changer as a result of the extension, I couldn't claim the credit until the revised form came out on Jan. 15th. It took 6 weeks for them to acknowledge receipt of my return. A note on the website said I could expect the refund Apr 5, which changed a week later to Apr 12th, which changed to "You are being reviewed" a week later. I received a POST DATED letter on March 30 dated for April 5 saying they didn't need anything from me but to give them 45 days from the date of the letter. The Website says I am still being reviewed. When I called for clarification, I was told to look for another letter that tells me what they decided they need from me after all. This means it will be a minimum of 6 months from the date I filed a 2009 return, with only the home buyer tax credit claimed, until I receive the money I qualify for. Stalling, they are DEFINATELY stalling. Thats a nice tidy amount of interest they are earning off of our money...

me too

closed on my house oct. 30th 2009 the irs got my info. on nov. 14th and im still waiting.

Same Old Crap!

My wife and I purchased our home on September 29th, 2009....Sent the ammended 2008 return in at he end of October. Receieved a repsonse in February 2010 requesting more information. Hud (again), mortgage statements, pic id's, etc....Called back in April 15th. They said they are reviewing the file and will notify us by May 15th. So I believe this is going on 27 weeks since we sent in our ammended return. That $8,000 would sure be nice to pay off some of our college loans. Not holding our breath now! :(

Im guess Im one of the lucky

Im guess Im one of the lucky ones. I filed my taxes via TurboTax and mailed my return in on 4/15/10. I included my Hud-1, utility bill, and property tax info. I received my return via direct deposit 5/7/10. :) I was expectiing a long delay in receiving my refund based on things Ive read. Be patient , they will get it to u.

8,000 homeowner credit

I send the forms to claim the 8,000 credit on April the 19th Im still waiting do you know any phone number where I can contact and get info. about the process of my application?? Please email me with the # thank you very much


still waiting

After 3 months i am still waiting for the government to process my return. I thought since the government can put a april 15th deadline on our tax payment that maybee the government should also have a deadline. after 3 months they tell me i have to wait 30 days for a response to my inquiry. well that makes 4 months. Maybee if the government is trying to creat more jobs they should look at the number of tax return spacialists they have to deal with all those paper returns. Real peaple are waiting and relying on that money. it would have been nice to know that the wait would be this long before i started tearing my kitchen apart for a remodel. The interest money that my money is generating while they drag their feet should go to those whose money it is, That would speed things up some. Oh ya and the irs rep. that hung up the phone on me and was so rude is probably part of the delay.

homebuyer tax credit

same problem as all of you however i am only getting half the house is in my name i am married and the house in my husbands name was forclosed on last year does this seem right that i should only get half

Well my story is just like

Well my story is just like all the others, I mailed my tax return out on Feb 5, 2010. I didn't hear anything until 3-27-10,got a letter stating I didn't sign my return, I signed it the same day and put paper back in the mail, was told April 1, I would receive my return on 4-13-2010 didn't receive anything, I have been calling every Mon and Wed. Was told today that It would be mailed out on 5-14-2010 minus 837.50 for state taxes I was over paid in 1995 in Georgia. They are doing an Audit on just about everyone this year. I wish everyone the best of luck. But if you've been over paid at anytime keep this in mind, because they went all the way back to 1995

Closed In October 2009, Still Waiting

Closed on our home October 23, 2009. Called in January and was told to wait because it takes 12-16 weeks. Called week 12 just to get a status update and was told that it wasn't in the system yet, but I was still within the 12-16 week window so wait until the final week.

Week 17: "It went to examinations October 27, 2009, and you should have been receiving correspondence every 3-45 days. Examination can take up to 6 months."

Now, month 6, plus 2 weeks: Finally received my first piece of correspondence. This is from the tax payer advocate and all they want is something verifying that we live in our address ( drivers license, pay stub, auto registration, or bank statement). I am military so I have the bank statement, but of course because of the moves, my driver's license is from NC, auto registration is FL, and pay stub address is of current duty station, not residence. How much longer!

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