I will only give limited details - but let me rant a little.
Wifey and I have been raising our grandkids for almost four years now. Except for a short period of time in 2005, during which time one of them lived for 8 or 10 months with her father, they have all three lived here. We have paid all the bills, child care, tuitions, insurance, food, clothing, shelter.... on and on. You get the picture.
Then, a month ago, a letter from the IRS attempting to deny our exemptions for the kids for 2006, and requesting a check for $4800 too.
I responded within the allotted 30 days with a detailed letter and copies of the legal custody of the kids. Today, the decision arrives. Denial of the exemptions for them, and a request for a check for $4800 again. Now we have 90 days to file in IRS court to change the ruling.
We have done everything correctly - filed taxes legally - and yet we are now being bound to be 'guilty until we prove ourselves innocent'. I am at my wits end in this matter. I am going to contact the local IRS office and arrange a meeting if I can - I will file the demanded appeals of course -
But I am furious! The matter is so absolutely cut and dried that I cannot believe we are even being questioned, let alone being denied all three exemptions without cause. No wonder they have obtained the nickname as American Gestapo.
Sorry for the rant.