Click here to see how our firm is preparing for COVID-19

The IRS Can Revoke Your Passport

Spread the love

The travel ban, colloquially known as the Muslim ban, has been causing lots of controversy. Long after the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the ban, immigration advocates have led large protests regarding the targeted and divisive nature of the ban.

While the Muslim ban has gained large media coverage, what often goes unnoticed is the change in the tax code that also causes limitations on travel.

In December of 2015, Congress made H.R. 22 public law. Section 7345 of the Tax Code, "Revocation or Denial of Passport in Case of Certain Tax Delinquencies," allows the IRS to revoke passports.

According to Forbes, the law is not "limited to criminal tax cases, or even cases where the IRS thinks you are trying to flee. The idea of the law is to use travel as a way to enforce tax collections."

The bill was proposed originally in 2012, but it was rejected. Three years later, in 2015, Congress passed the bill and it was signed by the president at the time, President Obama.

If a person is delinquent in paying their tax debts, the IRS has the authority to notify the State Department and the State Department will likely not issue or renew passports.

IRS will only move forward with notifying the State Department when someone has "seriously delinquent tax debt." This is considered more than $50,000 of federal tax debt, which includes interest and penalties that may have been added.

If a person is paying installments on their tax debts through an installment agreement with the IRS, that debt will not be considered "seriously delinquent tax debt."

The State Department will hold passport applications for 90 days before denying the passport in order for a person to pay their tax debt, create an alternative agreement with the IRS, or resolve any other issues.

For more information, click here.

You May Also Like

USCIS Premium Processing: How to Expedite Your Application in Just 15 Days Spread the love USCIS Premium Processing is an expedited service offered by the United State Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It helps applicants get their immigration applications processed in... VIEW POST
Accelerate Your Immigration Process: Find a Lawyer Specializing in Immigration Spread the love An immigration lawyer is a highly specialized lawyer with expertise in immigration law and practices the laws related to acquiring citizenship or residency in a foreign... VIEW POST
How To Find A Lawyer For Your Immigration Needs Spread the love The immigration law is a complex process. It has several paths that can lead to costly failure if you do not know what you are doing.... VIEW POST

Download Free Guide 
2023 Immigrant’s Guide to 
Becoming a U.S. Citizen

This guide contains all you need to know to become  
a U.S. citizen.

Download Free Guide 2022 Immigrant’s Guide to Becoming a U.S. Citizen

This guide contains all you need to know
to become a U.S. citizen.

Answers Show
Live every week.