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The statute of limitation has run out. You won't be able to get a refund for 1997 to 1999.
There is a 3 year limit, 2009 will be the last year for which I can get people to claim a refund. That is for people who lived abroad as of April 15, 2010, in which case the statute of limitation to ask for a refund will run out June 15, 2013. So, long story short, it's too late to get a refund of tax withheld in the 1990s
More to the point, the place to start is http://www.irs.gov/uac/Instructions-for-New-Streamlined-Filing-Compliance-Procedures-for-Non-Resident-Non-Filer-US-Taxpayers
Thanks. Maybe i wasn't clear but I am really not interested in the refunds.
(although if you had less than $10,000 in your foreign bank accounts, and therefore don't need to file FBAR form TD F 90-22.1, you could conceivably just sent the 1040s late)
Sorry, didn't realized you moved back to the US.
Sorry I pressed reply too fast: I am interested mostly in regularizing my situation. My financial records from abroad are very sketchy or inexistent. How many years I need to file for now? What year do you suggest I shall start with?since 2009 and until 2012, I am back in the US but don't have any W2 as I was working on a startup paid for by a foreign company; basically I had a credit card that I use and they paid for my apartment.
In that case, just send the 1040s. You would have tax owing in 2011 & 2012.2009 & 2010: No tax due by using the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and/or the Foreign Tax credit
From what I see, it looks like you were self-employed. So, you'll include Schedule C to show your income.
You also should make quarterly payment to set aside taxes that will be due the following year. Look into 1040-ES
Yep, you start with 2009. As I said, you likely won't owe any tax for the time you were abroad (Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and/or Foreign Tax credit)
Do I have to file year by year of juts last 3 years or 5 years? is there a statute of limitation?can you advise anyone who can help with the situation in more depth. I need this resolved asap.thanks
Technically, there is no statute of limitation for unfilled returns, but the IRS will likely be satisfied with 3 delinquent past years.
Are you looking for somebody to prepare your tax returns for you or do just have follow-up questions (if so, what are they)?
some body to prepare the tax returns
While Justanswer prohibits me from advertising my own services, you can find tax preparers near you on http://www.ptindirectory.com, you can also go to an HR-Block
If you want somebody familiar with expat filings, you could do a google search akin to http://www.google.com/#safe=off&sclient=psy-ab&q=1040+overseas+filings+tax+preparers&oq=1040+overseas+filings+tax+preparers