I grew up and lived in the U.S. until graduating from university. After graduation I took a job abroad where I have been living now for 5 years.
Since beginning my job, I have been filing a U.S. tax return and paying some U.S. tax (which is awful because I don't live in the U.S., earn much money in the U.S. or get any services from the U.S. but alas that is the law. It also means I can't save money or invest like my neighbours and friends can. It's absolute tyranny, but I digress)
However I do earn some money in the U.S. - about $3000 per year. This money comes from some friends and family who I do small artistic jobs for. It is much easier for them to send money to my U.S. bank account than to send money overseas, and I use this money when I visit the U.S. once or twice a year.
I am wondering how risky this is for me vis-a-vis the IRS.
On one hand, I might be evading taxes (however little), but on the other if I were to report it, the process is so complicated and time-consuming that I would most likely not do these small jobs anyway. Do I need to worry about this or can I can carry on with these small jobs worry-free?