I really feel for you, as I am quite sure I could not do it. I have no organizational chops at all. I have not done it in many decades, and when I did, it was some short form (which I am sure was easier back then). I have lived as a minimalist for next to forever, so I never made enough to have had to pay anything to the feds. But, because I was odd jobbing, I was technically self employed, and they could probably make some kind of case against me for that. I viewed my situation as being employed by whatever person I was working for at the moment, and just never got my official paperwork from them. At one point I got a non-service related VA pension, and from then on, I started working for others for free, not even barter, but just as karma yoga service.
By not filing, and not getting refunds and such, I know the government saved a butt-load from my not filing at all, not to mention their lessened paperworkload. I saved them, at all levels of government, as I eschewed all forms of aid and welfare at the same time, though I would have been qualified in many cases. The only dip I have been taking is my annual VA checkup and a couple of emergency room visits to the VA hospital for an injury and a kidney stone. But all in all, I am one deadbeat they have surely realized a profit by. Under the letter of the law, they could probably imprison me and then they'd show me, when I would be costing them whatever it takes per federal prisoner.
I lost my little pension when my mom died and I got a tax free chunk which I am now spending down. I suppose they could come after me for the interest on my savings account, which in a year is about what anyone has to spend in a week. Whatever to law is about that, I don't want to learn it, hoping that they can appreciate how much money I save them each year by being nobody.
Edited by Alder Logs, 22 February 2017 - 01:26 PM.