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