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Tax information (for Americans)

Below a pdf document (with urls) that point to all kind of resources regarding taxes. This documented is intended for Americans living abroad:

https://www.usluo.org/cern-guide-2/Taxes.pdf

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Re: Tax information (for Americans)

Last year I did not file a tax return due to getting advice that I do not need to file one as I was not liable for any taxes. (under the 87K threshhold) This year I am again not liable for taxes, but am more and more convinced that the advice i got is wrong....what are the potential implications of me not filing??? Can they charge me interest on non existent tax liabilities or will they fine me?
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Last year I did not file a tax return due to getting advice that I do not need to file one as I was not liable for any taxes. (under the 87K threshhold) This year I am again not liable for taxes, but am more and more convinced that the advice i got is wrong....what are the potential implications of me not filing??? Can they charge me interest on non existent tax liabilities or will they fine me?
I would get some new advice kiwiguy. We have always filed a tax return in the US whether we owed tax or not.
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Re: Tax information (for Americans)

It certainly seems that you must file, Filing Requirements:
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Your income, filing status, and age generally determine whether you must file an income tax return. Generally, you must file a return for 2008 if your gross income from worldwide sources is at least the amount shown for your filing status in the following table.
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Gross income. This includes all income you receive in the form of money, goods, property, and services that is not exempt from tax.

For purposes of determining whether you must file a return, gross income includes any income that you can exclude as foreign earned income or as a foreign housing amount.
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Re: Tax information (for Americans)

Probably a stupid question but i'll ask it anyway. I know i have to file a Federal Tax return but do i have to file for state taxes? I know i didn't work in the US at all in 2010 but i still have my address there listed at my parents place.
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Probably a stupid question but i'll ask it anyway. I know i have to file a Federal Tax return but do i have to file for state taxes? I know i didn't work in the US at all in 2010 but i still have my address there listed at my parents place.
Not a completely stupid question, no. ;-) In general, there's a residence test I believe (your state tax forms should be online and you should be able to ask them via email anyway). IIRC, unless you actually maintain a residence there (having an address for your mail is not a residence) and live there a certain number of days out of the year, you don't have to file.You need to check with your state as YMMV.

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Avoiding U.S. State Taxes
If you have no income or maintain a permanent residence in a state in the U.S., you do not have to file any state income tax return in your previous residence state. Some of the criteria that a state looks at to determine if you are a resident for state income tax purposes includes your driver license, if you register to vote there, if you maintain an address there, the location of your bank accounts, if you own or rent real property there, the license plates on your cars, and if you still receive utility bills in that state. There are many other factors used by state taxing agencies to determine if you are a resident, but they are too numerous to mention here. You must be careful to reduce or eliminate all indices of residency or your previous state of residency in the U.S. will come after you for state income taxes. California is especially active in attempting to tax individuals who have left to live overseas, by initiating a claim that they are still actually California residents because they intend to return to California after their stay abroad terminates. You must carefully review and structure you factual situation in order to avoid California’s tentacles if you were previously a resident there.
You do have to pay taxes in a state if you receive rental income there or receive income from a trade or business located there, even if you are no longer a resident. Investment income such as from stock sales, dividends, and interest are not subject to state tax unless you live there. Pensions are no longer taxable in the state in which you earned the pension if you permanently leave that state.
http://www.escapeartist.com/efam5/expat_tax_2.html
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