The government promised a tax credit for first time home buyers last year. It was a lovely proviso. All of us who purchased our first home would get an $8000 tax credit. Also, people who hadn’t bought a house in over 7 years were considered eligible for the credit purposes. Because of this, I decided it was time to take the plunge and buy my first house. Due to others’ tax frauds, the government has made the process much more difficult to get the money for those who really deserve it. I have been turned down several times, and am still trying to get mine. I do have several suggestions for what to do if you are trying to get yours right now.
First up, call the IRS itself. On their website, there is a link entitled “Where’s my refund.” Fill in the information on that page, and it will lead you to a page with a phone number and access code. You do need to know that there are exceptionally LONG waits when you call them. I hate to be rude, but the people on the other end of the phone aren’t exactly helpful either. You may be able to explain any questions they would have, but they still won’t fix any problems. They may be able to tell you the occasional form you need to send in or errors in your paperwork. Send in the information as quickly as possible, because they will put you on hold again for another 12-16 weeks.
If that doesn’t work, you may need to contact your local congressman or senator. I contacted mine a few weeks ago. His employees at his local office emailed me a form, granting him permission to get involved in my tax issue. Once I filled it out, his office contacted the IRS on my behalf. This seems to have helped to some degree, as my tax return is now being reviewed by a tax advocate, who is supposed to be my contact from now on.
Now, I must confess, this is supposed to help. I have high hopes. As of right now, though, he was going to call me last week. I didn’t hear from him, and have tried to contact his office for the last week. I have his direct line and have left several messages.
The answer to solving your problems on your tax credit is to not give up. No matter how frustrating it may get, keep calling. The IRS has no serious reason to give in quickly. However, your congressman is supposed to be on your side. Use him. He (or she) is your advocate, much more than anyone called the “tax advocate.” I wish you the best.