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I had called the number provided on the letter 267-941-1000. This number is for international tax certifications. None of the menu options was relevant to me. Eventually,because I was calling from US, the phone menu tree referred me to call 1-800-829-1040, the standard toll-free line.

The 1040 phone line has an option for checking the status of 1040X filings. After I entered my relevant details, the response I got was the system has no record of any amended returns for me. The response also stated that amended returns enter their system in 3 weeks and and processed in most cases in 12 weeks.


This is getting stranger by the minute. I'm afraid in the end you're going to have to start all over and file new amended returns, but let's not give up yet.

First, I would get transcripts: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Order-a-Transcript You want account transcripts, and you need four--one for each of you for each year.

Meanwhile I would call the Advocate's office: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Contact-a-Local-Taxpayer-Advocate. Make sure you have all your paperwork in front of you when you call.

I would try the Advocate before Congress since Congressionals usually (in my day) went to the Advocate to be answered. If you do need to write Congress, you have three choices of recipient. It's best to write to only one, but there is a pecking order.

1. If your Representative sits on any of the following committees, write to her:

- Appropriations
- Ways & Means
- Oversight & Government Reform

2. If your Representative isn't on any of those committees, check to see if either of your Senators sits on any of the following committees (in preferred order):

Appropriations
Finance
Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

If you strike out on all committees, write to your Representative or pop into her local office if it's convenient. If you write do it through the website: www.house.gov.

Phil
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