Talk about French bureaucracy and red tape! In January 2014, I sent two different envelopes with two different sets of forms (and one envelope also included a check) to two different IRS offices. One was for 2013 taxes. One was for 2014 estimated taxes. The IRS messed it up and sent me a “2013 refund check” in the amount of my 2014 estimated taxes. The IRS help desk decided I should return the US treasury check to them after writing VOID on the back along with a letter explaining the situation. I did this in early June and asked for some sort of written confirmation back. Last week, I called the IRS again because I hadn’t heard anything. Apparently the envelope was handled on July 30 but the returned check was not credited back to my account. I was instructed to call back in two weeks. Yesterday, I received a letter from the IRS saying they received my communication and it will take up to six months to respond. Really? And by the way, I haven’t heard a word about my French visa or driver’s license. In just a couple of days, I will be an illegal alien.