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Monday September 16, 2002
11:52 AM


[ #7758 ]

I left the US in 1999 thinking, yay no more dealings with the IRS

How wrong could I have been. I just got a notice that my 2000 return is overdue. But I left in 1999 and did not work in the US in 2000. So I called the IRS.

Apparently as I still hold some stock and earned $27 in 2000, I still have to file, even though I have to declare that earning to the UK taxman.

But when I sell the stocks I will not pay US taxes anyway due to US/UK agreements I will pay the taxes in the UK. So the IRS are just wasting thier own money.

As I cannot be bothered to remember to file my US tax return, and the IRS know eveything anyway. I will just wait for the overdure notice each year and file a return with the figures they tell me they know about.

So to all those tax paying US citizens, this is how your tax dollars are spent

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  • My guess is that more of my tax dollars are used killing people around the world than harassing former US residents.
  • Since I'll probably work through the first or second day of January to qualify for the 'bonus' at the end of 2002 I'm sure I'll be harassessed for the next decade or so to file in the US even though I won't be working or living in the US. In three years I can apply for Finnish citizenship but even then I think the IRS will still try to lay claim to some of my earnings and, since Finland cooperates with the US on such matters, I won't be able to hide from them either.

    The US does excel at tax collection. Al