Complaint / review text:
I filed my 2008 return with TurboTax. When calculating my eligibility for income-based credits (Earned Income and Additional Child), the TurboTax online software added 10,987 (10-9-8-7, a string of descending numbers) to the amount I entered as earned income. Thus, my credit was increased by 2,400 which I accepted in good faith. Now the IRS wants their money back. The same software also increased the amount of tax withheld claimed by $840. So I'm being hounded for $3400, and I have no way of paying it back. I am unemployed, and am raising an autistic daughter (wife not working to stay home). I've attempted to contact the media, but it appears that they do not care.
Furthermore, the bigger question is: How many tax dollars are being given out (and accepted in faith) in this time where everyone is worried about government spending? How many eligible people are not receiving credits due because the system declares them ineligible? This has the potential to be a huge fiasco, and might even cross into the Ponzi scheme territory.