Seems like a bit of a contradiction, eh? But there is good news! We are one of the thousands of adoptive families still waiting on the adoption-tax-credit-now-turned-refund-for-tax-years-2010-and-2011.
Remember this post back in April? At that point we were 60 days post filing and received 'the letter' requesting receipts for our first 5 adoption processes. I produced and mailed those receipts within 24 hours, only to receive another letter 30 days later stating the IRS would respond within 60 days. At 40 days I began calling the IRS once a week (because I have the time to do this - bahahahaha), always getting the same polite response: "Your case should be up for review soon."
Soon? Ya'll, I've been through enough adoption processes to know that soon is a relative term!
Finally in June we scored! Once I told the representative we were past the 60 days, she referred me to the Taxpayer Advocacy Service. That's when things started moving. Well, moving faster than they were before :)
Basically our advocate is the mediator between the IRS and our family, informing us exactly what documents are needed and then furnishing said documents directly to the proper person, all the while anticipating a timely response.
I'm happy to say that now, 40 days later, we've been notified that the IRS is going to issue our refund
finally! It will likely be 7 months post filing once our refund is issued, without penalty and interest, of course ;-)
Now mind you, we aren't sitting around counting the money just yet, and we won't be wealthy when it does come...but we do hope to be sporting one of these lovelies to tote our krew in style soon.
What I'd really like to do with the refund is bring another child home, but then people would say we're crazy...and I worry so much about that.