What we really wouldn’t recommend is that you continue to avoid filing your U.S. taxes. Through aggressive data sharing agreements, the IRS is expanding its reach to identify delinquent taxpayers in foreign countries including but not limited to England, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Once caught, the IRS will impose a calculated sum of money for taxes you owed over the years, penalties, and accumulated interest, and the IRS’s assessment is most often much larger than what you actually owe.
The best solution to your situation is that you become current with taxes. The IRS requires a federal income tax return when the gross income is larger than the combined amount of personal exemption and standard deduction, and the IRS generally needs tax returns going back six years. Locus clients are often pleasantly surprised to find out that they actually owe no taxes thanks to Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, and other deductibles. Regardless of the amount of taxes you think you owe, what you must do is to file this year’s taxes as soon as possible.