Well, well, well, the time has now come that I finally have to catch up on a chore I've neglected for several years now. This is embarrassing.
I left the US, where I was unfortunately born, when I was quite young to go study abroad. I never reported this to the IRS because I went from being a student to being a student and had no income. I eventually started working part-time in this European country where I was studying (to fund my studies), and I reported my taxes in that country, but never made more than 7000 euros/year. I finished my studies, moved to another EU country, where I was basically unemployed for most of 2 years. I worked briefly, again not making more than 5000-6000 euros/year. My work has always been as a part-time teacher, so my pay has been incredibly irregular, from different sources, and a bloody pain in the neck to sort out for taxes. I never reported these things to the US, because again it was so little and so irregular.
Well now I'm in HK, and have had some regular work over about the past 2 years, and I just haven't gotten around to telling the IRS about this, because again it's not very much. But thanks to the brilliant new policies that scream freedom from the rooftops, it seems I will now need to get in touch with the IRS if I'd like to keep what little money I have in HK! To make matters even more confusing, I've now become a full time student again (hah!).
So, can anyone tell me in a very simple nutshell what form I need to submit to the US to make them happy so I can proceed to fill in this W9 form so that dear 'ol Hang Seng bank doesn't get in trouble with the feds?