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I've lived in Mexico all my life, but I was born in the US, so I am a US citizen. I don't have a Social Security Number. I pay taxes here in Mexico and have an annual income under 50,000 USD. I spent about 350 USD in rent every month. It was recently pointed out to me that I should be filing my income to the IRS. How should I proceed?

Dear Hector,

This is true, as a U.S. citizen by birth you are required to file U.S. income tax return (see

You will not have to pay any U.S. tax because your income will be excluded through the Foreign Earned income exclusion - however, the requirement to file is still in force.

Of course, you should first contact U.S. embassy and apply for Social Security number.

Hope this helps,

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