The United States is the only developed country in the world that taxes its citizens abroad (the only way around this is to renounce one's US citizenship
I don't owe anything for 2006, because I don't live or work in America
, and I earned less than the cutoff amount for exemption. I sent my 1040 and 2555 EZ off today, but it was meant to be in by June 15th.
Americans abroad are allowed an automatic two month extension, but I even let that slip by... mainly because I disagree with the whole idea of anyone having to pay taxes on the same income to two different countries. I have been trying to decide what to do about it, but opted (in the end) to just sign the thing and send it to Texas.
I skyped the IRS to ask about fines, but they were as useless as a screen door on a submarine. The guy was actually reading their FAQ to me over the phone.
Are they going to fine me for being late? Bear in mind (again) that I don't owe them any money at all.