The IRS is Revoking Passports From Americans Who Owe Taxes

The IRS is Revoking Passports From Americans Who Owe Taxes

Did you know that if you owe taxes, you could be denied a passport? According to the IRS, over 300,000 Americans with “seriously delinquent” overdue tax payments will be denied passports or passport renewals if they do not pay the money they owe.



Because of a law passed by Congress in 2015, the IRS has the power to block individual’s passports in cases where more than $51,000 is owed. Since February, the agency has been sending tens of thousands of violators’ names to the State Department, which oversees passport applications.

If a person does not resolve their tax issues before applying for a passport, their application will be delayed or denied. Also, those with seriously delinquent tax payments who have already applied for a new U.S. passport will not have a new passport issued to them until they have resolved their tax issues with the IRS.


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According to the state department, people with overdue taxes who are overseas, may be eligible for a limited passport that would be valid for a direct return back the USA. If someone is financially distressed, the IRS says it will offer payment plans, and also for those who are bankrupt, have been victims of identity fraud, or living in a disaster area that has been financially declared so their passports are not put at risk. You should contact your IRS office for information and for a full list of guidelines.


*This article is not offering legal advice, you should contact your IRS office for up-to-date information and guidelines.


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