Will Your Passport Be Revoked?
Update to our January 5, 2016 Blog Posting
In 2016, we had reported that the IRS had added another tool to its tool box to collect back taxes. Taxpayers with outstanding tax debts in excess of $50,000 and who had received a notice of lien or levy being filed and who are not in a payment plan could have their U.S. passports revoked by the U.S. State Department (State).
Due to an inflation adjustment, the $50,000 threshold had increased to $51,000. More importantly, the IRS had clarified that when a taxpayer is certified as a delinquent taxpayer, the IRS’s sole role is to notify State and that State revokes the passport. It had been thought that State would take immediate steps to revoke the delinquent taxpayer’s passport as an effective means to get the taxpayer compliant.
While it is most important that taxpayers who owe the IRS back taxes consult with an experienced tax resolution specialist, the IRS has stated that State does not immediately revoke the passport of the certified delinquent taxpayer. Rather State will not renew that taxpayer’s passport until the IRS decertifies the taxpayer has no longer being delinquent (which includes the taxpayer being enrolled in an IRS payment plan).
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About F. Bryan Haarlander, EA, CTRS:
Bryan Haarlander is an IRS licensed Enrolled Agent and who owns and operates a specialized tax services firm serving clients in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, which includes the cities of Chester Springs, Coatesville, Collegeville, Devon, Downingtown, Exton, Frazer, King of Prussia, Paoli, Philadelphia, Phoenixville, Pottstown, Radnor, Reading, Wayne, West Chester in Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, as well as clients in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and throughout the continental USA.
A Certified Tax Resolution Specialist, Bryan is well-known for his IRS tax resolution expertise and his book How to Resolve Your IRS Tax Debt Problems.