Citizen abroad has questions on filing US income tax returns...


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Ogun Feray

I left the US in 2001 to live with some relatives abroad. I
don't work, as they are well off and the country we live in
is very inexpensive.

However, it was brought to my attention that I do still need
to file tax returns with the IRS. I haven't filed anything
since my last job in the US back in 2001.

My question is - how do I explain to the IRS my current
situation, and how do I go about sending in returns for the
years I missed? I eventually do plan on returning, peharps
in several years, to the US.

Ogun
 
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Peter L

Ogun Feray said:
I left the US in 2001 to live with some relatives abroad. I
don't work, as they are well off and the country we live in
is very inexpensive.
You don't work, but you didn't say whether you have income
or not.
However, it was brought to my attention that I do still need
to file tax returns with the IRS. I haven't filed anything
since my last job in the US back in 2001.

My question is - how do I explain to the IRS my current
situation, and how do I go about sending in returns for the
years I missed? I eventually do plan on returning, peharps
in several years, to the US.
If you don't have any income, I don't see why you have to
file a return.
 
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Phil Marti

I left the US in 2001 to live with some relatives abroad. I
don't work, as they are well off and the country we live in
is very inexpensive.

However, it was brought to my attention that I do still need
to file tax returns with the IRS.
Why? As a US citizen you're taxed on your worldwide income,
but there's no special filing requirement that says citizens
abroad have to file even if they have no income.

Phil Marti
Topeka, KS
 
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Frank S. Duke, Jr.

Ogun said:
I left the US in 2001 to live with some relatives abroad.<cut>
However, it was brought to my attention that I do still need
to file tax returns with the IRS. I haven't filed anything
since my last job in the US back in 2001.

My question is - how do I explain to the IRS my current
situation, and how do I go about sending in returns for the
years I missed? I eventually do plan on returning, peharps
in several years, to the US.
A U.S. Citizen is taxed on his or her worldwide income, no
matter where he or she resides. You are obligated to file a
tax return for the same reasons you would be obligated back
in the U.S., taxable income. If you have no income or
relatively little income, you don't have to file. If you
are single, you get a personal exemption of $3050 and a
standard deduction of $4750. If your non-wage income does
not exceed the sum of those two, you don't have to file. If
any tax was withheld from investment income, you might want
to file to get a refund. You have to do it within 3 years
of the filing date. Tax year 2000 will fall off the books
in 12 days.

All freely provided advice guarantee correct or double your
money back

Frank S. Duke, Jr. CPA
Cincinnati, OH USA
 
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L K Williams

Ogun said:
I left the US in 2001 to live with some relatives abroad. I
don't work, as they are well off and the country we live in
is very inexpensive.

However, it was brought to my attention that I do still need
to file tax returns with the IRS. I haven't filed anything
since my last job in the US back in 2001.

My question is - how do I explain to the IRS my current
situation, and how do I go about sending in returns for the
years I missed? I eventually do plan on returning, peharps
in several years, to the US.
You would need to file returns IF you had any income. If
you did not work and do not have dividend or interest
income, etc. you do not need to file. From the information
provided, it appears you are not required.

Actually, IRS does not want people to file if they do not
have income above the filing requirements. In the past, I
have seen letters from IRS to senior citizens asking them
not to file so that the IRS does not have to process the
extra paper work without getting any tax collection.

Lanny Williams, CPA
Nawarat, Williams & Co.
Income Tax Services for Expatriate Americans
 
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VSLARRY

I have read, somewhere, a recommendation that
foreign-resident US citizens should file a tax return, even
if they don't have to. The reason given was that that would
show that US citizenship has not been reqlinquished because
of the foreign residence. Whether this is true or not, I
have no idea.
 
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