International employee reporting pay to the IRS?

This friend has not reported to the IRS in 17 years.  He is employed by Berlitz.  What should he do at this point.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    He needs to consult his own tax person. You're not responsible for forcing anyone to pay.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    If he lives outside the US and never enters the US, then he owes no US taxes (but is obligated to file, if he is a US citizen).

    • NA
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      4 weeks agoReport

      Wrong for 2 reasons:  The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion is limited.  If his income is higher than the exclusion or is from investments, a US person *would* owe.  A US person is not obligated to file unless their worldwide income is $12,200 ore more and that's BEFORE the exclusion..

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  • NA
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    4 weeks ago

    You don't give enough facts.

    Is this a US citizen?  Or a foreign person living in the US?

    In a given year, how much income did they have?

    In 2019, a US person could make less than $12,200 world wide and not have a filing requirement. If the US person lived and worked abroad, they could make a lot more and not owe, but in order to claim the foreign earned income exclusion,  one must file (and before IRS figures out they should have).

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  • 4 weeks ago

    At this point, he should consult a tax attorney. You didn't provide sufficient information to determine if he actually owes US Federal income tax. I can nearly guarantee he needs professional help to properly determine the amount. I can absolutely guarantee that he needs an attorney to submit 17 years of returns to the IRS without creating a huge mess.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    He should leave the country and stay away.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    File six years of returns.  That is as far back as IRS will want to go.

    • STEVEN F
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      Unless he has ZERO tax liability for those years, that is BS.

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