However, though this tax thing is still haunting me. I was requested by my school to retrieve a Residency Certification document from my country. With some help I found the form 8802, filled it out to the best of knowledge and sent it in.
Well here we are today and I have received a notice stating they can't send me the document without proof that a.) I filed a tax return or b.) Reason for why I don't have to file a tax return.
I am thinking that I should show proof of option "b." considering I am under the impression that I don't have to file a tax return. But maybe I have to file the Foreign Earned Income document first.
Aghhh! I don't know.
Basically if I go with option b then I have show my pay stubs and write down the reason why I am not filing my tax return.
Update: Reading this maybe this free tax is really meant for getting out of paying Korean tax, not my home country's tax. And this certification is meant for that purpose. So it seems I am dealing with 2 seperate things here... and I now assume I have to file my tax return...somehow???
U.S. TAXES: Americans residing abroad are not exempt from filing requirements, but are, under certain conditions, entitled to exclusions on foreign-earned income. More information on overseas income and filing is available from the IRS publications "Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens Abroad" and "Overseas Filers of Form 1040." These and other Federal tax forms are available at the Embassy. source
Essentially: I have to do this all over again. Sigh