An amendment to a 2015 transportation bill may potentially ban Americans who are lagging on their taxes from overseas travel.
The bill teams up the IRS and State Department to confiscate passports from individuals with extensive tax debt.
The bill, passed by former President Barack Obama in December 2015, is now only a few months away from being instituted into law.
Starting at around $50,000, citizens with growing debt will have their information sent from the IRS to the State Department, who then will make the necessary rulings. The State Department will be able to not only discard passports but refuse to renew them, as well.
After posting the upcoming changes to its website, the IRS is prepared to only issue such reprimands to individuals if “notice of federal tax lien has been filed and all administrative remedies under IRC § 6320 have lapsed,” or a person has been notified that a”levy has been issued.”
The State Department is also prepared to hold highlighted passport applications for 90 days, allowing a person to clean up necessary tax issues.
Exception status will apply only to cases for “emergency circumstances or for humanitarian reasons.”
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