My wife and I purchased a home last year and claimed the first-time homebuyer credit. After filing, we received a notice that our return had been changed, and our refund had been adjusted down exactly $1,500. This looks to me for all the world like they decided to give us the Long-Time Resident $6,500 credit instead (absolutely not applicable), and the three people at the IRS that I spoke to concurred: it made no sense, and they never should have changed anything.
So (and I want to emphasize this part) because I'm a moron, I sat on this for about seven months. When I look at the original notice now, I see a paragraph that states the following:
You need to contact us within 60 days from the date of this letter to request an examination of your return and to retain your rights to appeal our decision. We will consider any information you send us, regardless of the 60-day period, but you can only request an examination and keep your right to appeal our decision within that period.
My initial phone call to them was definitely within the 60 days, but I have not formally requested anything yet.
So my question is: how should I proceed from here, am I too late, and what does it mean that they will "consider" information regardless of the 60-day period?