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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.

That depends on the type of income and whether such income gives rise to a filing requirement. For example, if the $1,000 in income is all from employment, then you would be below the filing requirement and a US tax return would not be required to be filed. On the other hand, if you had $1,000 in self-employment income, a US tax return would be required. Please feel free to advise on the type of income you received and I can advise accordingly of your filing requirement.

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