Sigh. I remember the good old days. Let's call them, say, 2010. You sent your tax forms to the IRS. You enclosed a check or if you had overpaid, then within a couple of weeks you had a direct deposit or check from the IRS with your refund amount. Those were good times.
Fast forward to 2011. You sent your tax forms to the IRS. You got a letter two months later requesting receipts for the adoption tax credit (the tragic part of this particular story is that this is just the carryover for Sasha's adoption, the majority of which they paid out last year, but I digress). You sent in your receipts. You got a letter 30 days later saying that they received your receipts and may look at them in the next 30 days. Two months later, you got another letter saying the same thing. And, lo and behold, it's now September and you are just hoping to receive your 2010 refund sometime in 2011. And it's not just us - a whole lot of adoptive families are in exactly the same boat. Awesome.
I know that I should have more grace and gratitude. After all, a refundable adoption tax credit is pretty freaking awesome (provided that the refundable credit is ever, you know, refunded). And thank heavens we weren't depending on that credit's timely payout - this is inconvenient for us, but fortunately not financially crippling. And according to the IRS, 58% of the adoption tax credit claims that they received this year included no documentation, so many of those claims were probably fraudulent, which is pretty tragic and gross.
But mostly, I just want the money that Congress said we could have.
This is not the face of a happy taxpayer.