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roxbox12345
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I'm US born, but I haven't lived in US since 1997 (left when I was 9). I've never been tax resident in the US- do I need to file returns? Where would I even start?

Living in Ireland- and as far as I understand since our taxes are higher here there is no tax due as there is double taxation agreement.
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DanaB27
Employee Tax Expert

I'm US born, but I haven't lived in US since 1997 (left when I was 9). I've never been tax resident in the US- do I need to file returns? Where would I even start?

If you are a US citizen then you are required to report your worldwide income no matter where you live. But you might qualify for a Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, for tax year 2020, the maximum exclusion is $107,600 per person. Please see IRS Figuring the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion for details.

 

Please follow these steps to enter your foreign income:

  1. Login to your TurboTax Account 
  2. Click on the Search box on the top and type “foreign income”
  3. Click on “Jump to foreign income”
  4. Say "Yes" to "Did you make any money outside the U.S.?"
  5. Continue through the questions until "Would You Like to Try and Exclude Your Foreign Earned Income? /Whose Foreign Income Would You Like to Try and Exclude?" and  answer "Yes" if you like to try to get the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion.

 

 

 

Another option is to get Foreign Tax Credit or Deduction on the taxes you paid in Ireland. Please see Where do I enter the foreign tax credit (Form 1116) or deduction for 2020? and What does or doesn't qualify for the Foreign Tax Credit? for details.

 

Please be aware you can't take both the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and Foreign Tax Credit on the same income.

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fanfare
Level 15

I'm US born, but I haven't lived in US since 1997 (left when I was 9). I've never been tax resident in the US- do I need to file returns? Where would I even start?

Start with your Social Security Number.

Do you know what it is ?

fanfare
Level 15

I'm US born, but I haven't lived in US since 1997 (left when I was 9). I've never been tax resident in the US- do I need to file returns? Where would I even start?

Many persons in your situation are renouncing citizenship since IRS has made your banking in Europe very difficult.

Of course, you might want to get citizenship elsewhere first.

roxbox12345
New Member

I'm US born, but I haven't lived in US since 1997 (left when I was 9). I've never been tax resident in the US- do I need to file returns? Where would I even start?

Yeah I do have my social security number somewhere. Have Irish citizenship as I've grown up here. Ireland has some special thing to avoid double taxation - as in since irish tax rate is higher than US, balance owed to US is 0. So I'm wondering why would I even file. 

roxbox12345
New Member

I'm US born, but I haven't lived in US since 1997 (left when I was 9). I've never been tax resident in the US- do I need to file returns? Where would I even start?

Did look at renouncing citizenship but apparently costs and hassles with that - around $2500. And apparently if I ever want to say, take a vacation in New York, I could get extra airport hassle as the flag that I've renounced my citizenship can cause questions

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