Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/What happens


What happens when a US citizen that lives outside the United States, does not file IRS tax returns? He earns less than $1,000.00 a year and the cost of filing cost more than his annual income.

Earnings of $1,000 a year is below the filing threshold. Filing of U.S. tax return is not required.

However, if you also have passive income (dividends, interest, rental income) - filing is required.

Also, if combined balance on your foreign bank accounts exceeds $10K, you are required to file informational financial reports. See

As far as cost of filing (in case your are required to file) - please check  You will pay much less than what the cost of filing may be if you use tax preparation service firm in your country of residence.

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I.J.Zemelman, EA

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IJ Zemelman, EA MBA


I am an IRS-authorized EA and principal of a Tax Preparation firm focusing on U.S. Expatriates. We specialize in all tax issues faced by American citizens living abroad - such as foreign earned income, tax treaties, foreign spouse, etc. Visit our website - - for more information.


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