After commenting many times that I would like to see a case where the US Government / IRS actually went after Americans living overseas, I finally found something. The story (dated 2009) is here: http://ticotimes.com/costa-rica/irs-goes-after-us-income-expats-in-costa-rica
The article states that the couple sent a letter to the IRS stating that they weren’t going to pay taxes. They also encouraged other Americans to do the same, and they set up a company to promoted this message. Verdict: $200,000 fine. I believe the American couple got into more trouble by encouraging others not to pay taxes. But we’ll never know if it they were extradited based on “encouraging others” or just by defying the IRS in the first place.
The message I get from this is:
Just file taxes in America, even if you have nothing to pay. Then when you’ve finally come to the realization that a blue passport is more of a headache than it is worth, due to the FACTA, taxes, aggression, wars, etc.., just renounce quietly and be done with it.