Has the IRS tried to contact you recently?
There is another phishing scam going around. Americans have reported that they are receiving e-mails purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service, which ask for personal information and copies of their passports. The IRS does not send e-mails asking for personal information[...]
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) advises that U.S. citizens and resident aliens living outside the United States can use IRS Free File to prepare and file their federal tax returns electronically.
IRS Free File is brand-name software that is offered exclusively at IRS.gov, through a partnership with the tax software industry. There are five companies that accept foreign addresses. Taxpayers should review the list of tax forms supported by the company to ensure it meets their needs, especially Form 1116, Foreign Tax Credit, and/or Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income.
To be eligible, taxpayers’ adjusted gross income in 2010 must be $58,000 or less. Some overseas taxpayers may exclude $91,500 of their 2010 foreign earnings, which would make more people eligible for IRS Free File [...]
All U.S. citizens or resident aliens must report their worldwide income, even if you live abroad. Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside. But don’t fret! Just because you have to file a tax return doesn’t necessarily mean you owe taxes (there is a bilateral tax treaty between the U.S. and Germany).
If you reside overseas, or are in the military on duty outside the U.S., you are allowed an automatic 2-month extension to file your return until June 15. However, any tax due must be paid by the original return due date (April 15) to avoid interest charges.