USA US citizen abroad: What is the minimum income threshold that I'm obligated to report to IRS?

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I’m a US citizen and have been living abroad for several years. I was under the impression that if I don’t make a certain minimum amount of income, I wouldn’t need to file tax returns in the US. Though the income that my wife (a national of the country in which I reside) earns has been enough to live off of, I have also worked a job here where I was getting paid under-the-table, essentially. The pay for this job was not much and less than US federal minimum wage, and there is no local equivalent of W-2 forms from what I made.

Recently, however, another American I know here suggested that I’d better look into this matter more thoroughly. So, my question is, am I required to report anything about this to the IRS?
 
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I’m a US citizen and have been living abroad for several years. I was under the impression that if I don’t make a certain minimum amount of income, I wouldn’t need to file tax returns in the US. Though the income that my wife (a national of the country in which I reside) earns has been enough to live off of, I have also worked a job here where I was getting paid under-the-table, essentially. The pay for this job was not much and less than US federal minimum wage, and there is no local equivalent of W-2 forms from what I made.

Recently, however, another American I know here suggested that I’d better look into this matter more thoroughly. So, my question is, am I required to report anything about this to the IRS?
Are you ever planning on coming back? Or do you have any US based assets?
If so you should talk to a ex-pat CPA whom is familiar with such matters.
 

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