Yesterday I received a computer-generated letter from the IRS regarding the first of four 1040 returns I sent in mid-December. I check the mailbox everyday, thinking the notice from hell may arrive, though I really did not expect to hear a word for months. So I wondered before opening it, am I about to lose my sense of calm gained by renouncing and trying to focus, at least occasionally, on something else. I posted a bit about this yesterday but was unable to copy/paste the letter; Petros asked today that I include it in a new post.
For those of you thinking about filing US income taxes for the first time, I suggest you read the following letter that I received from the IRS in the mail today. I sent my zero return for 2009 last week with a letter explaining why it was late (evidently it did not arrive on time to prevent this mail out). I am on the IRS radar, because I was compliant for about the previous ten years. Moreover, they are apparently aware of certain securities I traded in the US. But I didn’t owe anything on my income tax return. So this is the trouble that they will go to harass Canadian residents who are late filing.