WARNING: IRS Wants to Take Your Passport

WARNING: IRS Wants to Take Your Passport

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Congress has passed H.R.22, which, if signed by the President, will allow the IRS to confiscate the passports of citizens who owe the IRS more than $50,000 in taxes, penalties and interest. Congress calls this provision “Revocation or Denial of Passport in Case of Certain Tax Delinquencies.”

Back in 2012 the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) suggested that denying or revoking U.S. passports would be an effective way to collect government revenues. The idea had bipartisan report. Senators Harry Reid and Orrin Hatch supported it. It has grown in popularity since then.

If the bill becomes law in its current form, the State Department may revoke, deny or limit passports for any individual the IRS says has a delinquent tax debt in an amount in excess of $50,000.

About Peter Pappas

Peter is a tax attorney and certified public acccountant with over 20 years experience helping taxpayers resolve their IRS and state tax problems.

He has represented thousands of taxpayers who have been experiencing difficulty dealing with the Internal Revenue Service or State tax officials.

He is a member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Bar Association and The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, the United States Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts - Middle District of Florida