This is a true story...
April 14th: despite having a new baby for less than three weeks, Kyle completes our taxes and submits them to the IRS. We claim the remaining balance from Jack's adoption credit, causing us to owe no taxes and be entitled to a refund. We include with our paperwork the adoption decree from the US court system.
May: we receive a letter from the IRS, stating that they are reviewing our taxes, specifically our adoption credit and will get back to us within 30 days.
June: we receive a letter from the IRS stating that they require further proof of the money spent to adopt Jack. Not a problem we submit receipts from our biggest expenses (as the adoption credit is for less than the actual costs to adopt a child from South Korea).
July: we receive a letter from the IRS telling us that they received our paperwork and will respond in 30 days.
August: we receive a letter from the IRS telling us that they have opened our mail and will get back to us in 30 days.
September: we receive a letter from the IRS telling us they have yet to have the chance to look at our paperwork but we will hear from them within 30 days.
October: we receive a letter from the IRS telling us that our adoption credit is frozen and we owe the government taxes plus a 20% penalty. After calling and speaking to a very rude representative Kyle is told that the credit is being denied (frozen) because we did not include our adoption decree with our paperwork we submitted in June. Kyle tells her that we sent that with our original taxes and it was not requested in June. She informs him that what we sent back in April is, "on file" and they will not pull something up from file we must resubmit. Kyle sends in the adoption decree again and just for good measure, Jack's green card, new birth certificate and social security card.
November: we receive a letter from the IRS, stating that they received our paperwork but our adoption credit is to remain frozen, we owe the government taxes plus a 20% penalty. We are being denied due to the lack of a, "translated foreign adoption certificate." There is no such paperwork, Korean adoptions cannot be finalized in Korea, you are not allowed to finalize a Korean adoption until six months after you take guardianship, therefore our adoption was legalized in the United States.
I call and somehow manage not to yell at the representative and end up with a knowledgeable and kind woman. She informs me that this makes no sense to her that we have submitted all the paperwork we need and that the paperwork he is requesting doesn't exist (tell me about it!) She says she will send the employee in charge of our case a note to call us so that we can explain the situation to him and get this issue resolved. She says we will hear from him by the end of this week. We are yet to hear from him.
Here's the good news: God is not surprised by this situation. God is not frustrated by the IRS's lack of understanding, God is not angry at the man who is refusing to process our adoption credit. God's got the situation under control, and he's not worried about how it's all going to turn out.
Would you pray for us that God would resolve this situation with the IRS this month, that we would receive our refund, and that we would feel his peace as we deal with it and even manage to be a light to those we interact with while we work it out. Thank you friends!