Tax Credits Late for Some

July 16, 2010 Updated Jul 16, 2010 at 6:54 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 16, 2010 Updated Jul 16, 2010 at 6:54 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) A federal tax credit for those buying homes was a great way to help out a struggling national economy. But some are still waiting for their $8,000 checks from that credit.

This includes some Western New Yorkers like Megan Sreniawski. "I've been tracking down money that I rightfully deserve. I followed all the rules. I paid my taxes on time. When the government wants their taxes on April 15th they're there. So I expect that mine be on time as well."

Sreniawski is still waiting for her check. She says she bought her furniture with the money she expected from the government. But now almost a year later, she is still without her credit.

The reason that she isn't getting her money, money she needs to pay off her furniture she bought with the expectation of her check, is the number of people who applied for the credit. Since so many rushed to take advantage of it, the IRS was backlogged. Combined with the amount of paperwork the credit entails, and the IRS watching for fraudulent claims, it has become common for checks to take months instead of weeks.

Tax experts say that if you did apply for the first time home buyers credit that the more proof of residence and proof of home ownership that you can provide to the IRS the better. It may even speed up getting your check. They also added to not spend the money until you have your check in hand, because, "honestly you don't know when it'll come."

For tax credit assistance, you can call Taxpayer Advocate at 686-4850.