The Internal Revenue Service is pleased to announce that its highly successful campaign to bring non-resident United States persons into tax compliance has led to an unprecedented number of tax returns entering our processing center. However, due to recent budget cuts to our country’s tax collection service, and our inability to have predicted the current volume of returns, the IRS no longer has the available manpower needed to process US taxpayer’s returns in a timely fashion.
In our effort to maintain a consistent level of service for our customers, the IRS will now charge a processing fee to taxpayers whose tax returns originate in a foreign country. This fee will help defray the cost of the additional manpower needed in processing these returns.
Due to existing law, non-resident US tax persons currently yield little, if any, revenue for the US government. This fee shall remain in place until such time that Congress makes changes to our tax laws that currently allow non-residents to avoid paying into the US tax system.
– Tax Czar
Okay, not true, but doesn’t it seem like a natural progression in the current climate? It wouldn’t be much different from the US government’s decision to charge US citizens a $450 fee to cover the costs of their own renunciations. I am slowly starting to digest the reality of the situation: that if are not of benefit or value to the US, we are a liability by default.