My wife and I decided a year ago to buy a house to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit for first time home buyers. We were lead to believe that we would receive the $8k with our 2009 income tax return.
I have been trying to find out where the money is for almost 7 months now. I finally received my tax return minus the $8k tax credit last week. Their website says that my income tax return amount has been adjusted from $11,155 to $3,188 and does not give more information.
Between my wife and myself I think we have contacted the IRS at least 20 times. Each time they give us a different answer, and are very rude. Almost everyone we've talked to has an insulting attitude and are completely unreasonable.
They have told us over the entire period that we will have the money in 3 to 6 weeks, 4 to 8 weeks, 2 to 4 weeks, one person said it could be this fall, now it looks like they have no plans at all of giving us the tax credit. We have jumped through their hoops and done exactly what they said and here we sit in limbo.
I want to know why I was lied to and told that I would receive a tax credit of $8,000 if I purchased a home? The IRS clearly has no plans of paying what they promised. I would also like to know if other people are having the same problem.
I find the IRS to be one of the most ridiculous organizations I have ever had to deal with. The people you talk to when you call are complete idiots who don't seem to have a clue how their system works if there is a system at all.
I do not recommend taking the bait if the government offers a tax credit like this again. Its purpose was to stimulate the economy but it has had the exact opposite effect on me since I made financial decisions based on having the money.
There is no one at the IRS to contact that knows anything about the money or who I should talk to. They seem to be as helpless as I am. I do not know what else I can do.