It’s a bit disorienting, but it seems to be the case that in fact I filed my taxes on time this year.
That’s the first time in at least a decade – and perhaps only the 2nd or 3rd time in two decades, where I’ve made the deadline.
It helped that I had already done all the paperwork, because I was unemployed during the second half of the year, and I had simply included the Korean income data for last year with all the previous years, when I’d compiled and sent to my accountant my tax info for all those missed years since my cancer hospitalization.
And it helped that like all those missed years, I had a post-deduction negative income. It’s all just paperwork. I paid my taxes in Korea for the last decade. The US is the only country in the world that requires non-resident citizens working abroad to file US-based taxes.
So happy day-after-tax-day.