Dear Editor:

The $8,000 first-time homebuyers' tax credit for honest, hardworking people is a long ridiculous process with no end in sight. But if you are a scammer or a person with interest to the law, you have your undeserved money quickly.

The 1,600 inmates and 87 IRS workers who received checks without examination, you have all the luck on your side. We bought a home on Sept. 1, 2009, had our tax specialists do an amended return, the IRS received our paperwork on Sept. 21, 2009.

On Oct. 5, 2009, our journey began with more of the same paperwork forwarded to the Kansas City IRS office. These past months, 12 phone calls, several letters from the IRS, and every possible lie was told to us. As of July 15, we have no answer. The first-time homebuyers' tax credit was to help stimulate the economy, so homebuyers could do repairs on their homes. To this date, I really don't know what economy we were stimulating by this program.

What I do know, if I worked so inefficiently at my job I would be replaced quickly. With unemployment at an all-time high, I am sure there are many unemployed people that can do the same job as an IRS worker. With the modern technology as we have today, there is no reason why something like this takes more than 10 months to process. Any one person who would owe the IRS money, there would be interest and penalties added on. Could I do the same? I don't think so.

Maybe it's time to investigate these inefficient IRS workers throughout the United States and replace them with people who are qualified and unemployed, and would be glad to have a job.

Sincerely,

LuAnn Steigerwalt

Walnutport