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I don’t know where to begin. It all feels like a Kafka novel, where nothing makes sense.

When last I blogged, the latest 30 days for the IRS were nearly up. It got more fun.

I called, the usual hour wait was fallowed by a disconnect (this will matter later, I think). Finally, I got in touch with them again. I was advised by our CPA to say the magic words “Taxpayer Advocate” if they weren’t done. I got a bit of a run around. Apparently they goofed when last we spoke, The original 12 weeks expired a day or 2 after we got our 30 day referral. The system, for lack of a better term, didn’t notice the new referral and it had not been processed. I’m not sure why you need a referral for them to actually process a return they have had for 4 months.

I spoke the magic words, but was told it was too late. They had already entered a new referral, and we had to wait 30 days for them to contact the Taxpayer Advocacy Service. I could contact them on my own, but they were swamped. Indeed they were. I was told that unless we were on the brink of financial disaster they could not help us. Talk about getting the shaft from a government agency.

The next day we went to the Passport Office to apply for Micah and Asher’s passports. The applications included her Green Card, their DRC passports as well as our passports.

Then it all got interesting.

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"I think it's coming"

Seems like it has been forever since I’ve updated this blog.  We’ve been busy with other things including our IRS return.

Yes, the IRS apparently isn’t sure what to do with the Adoption Tax Refund in terms of documentation.  When we initially filed for Eli’s adoption as a tax credit, we provided proof of the adoption and a total of the receipts.  Our accountant has run into issues with other clients.  He is not filing ours until he knows exactly what they need so we won’t lose unnecessary time with correspondence going back and forth (where it will sit in an IRS office for 5 weeks before being opened).  Before we left on vacation I scanned ALL of our receipts from the adoption and e-mailed them to the accountant.  Yes, that was exciting.  Part of me wants this to be simple.  Part of my does not want my labor wasted.

In light of the delayed return, we will have to investigate an adoption loan.  They are often at 0% interest since they are just rolled over into other loans instead of for profit.

Last time we were adopting, alot happened while we were on vacation.  We will see what happens this time.  The process was mired in translation.  The translator had a higher priority to get documents done for an upcoming trip to the Congo.  With the increase in adoptions, they are hoping to hire at least one additional translator.  The trip must be complete because 2 families have received referrals.  One was a 12 month-old, and other was a set of twins.

This means  we are now #4 on the list.  So, depending on how fast the translator works, we may be in business before the end of vacation.  Stay tuned!

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