I hope that someone can either answer or point me toward a competent professional for my situation:
I am a born and raised American citizen who left the states in 1993, after filing taxes once as a student. I moved to France, was naturalised a French citizen in 2003, and only recently learned that I was supposed to have been filing taxes all these years in the US.
I was advised by a non-US investment attorney that since I have no financial ties to the US and no intention of living there again, that I remain "lost" to the US tax services.
However, I am now confronted with having to sign W-9 or W-8BEN for contracts to work through the Internet, or for bank accounts here in the Dominican Republic where I have been a legal resident for over 3 years, with an established and functioning LLC.
I desperately want to sign a W-8BEN and be left alone, but need some real advice on how to avoid getting into trouble, or getting potential employers in trouble.
I greatly appreciate any help !!