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Your Passport Can Now Be Revoked For Tax Debt

Last May, I posted that the IRS would be getting ready to revoke or deny passports to individuals with delinquent tax debt. Now, as of February 6, 2017, “IRC § 7345 authorizes the IRS to certify that to the State Department. The department generally will not issue or renew a passport to you after receiving certification from the IRS,” according to the IRS Website.

For the IRS to certify you as “seriously delinquent,” your tax debt must meet or exceed $50,000–including interest and penalties–and notice of lien must have been filed, or a levy been issued.

There are some circumstances that escape the “seriously delinquent” categorization, such as those under an installment plan, Offer in Compromise, or suspended collection. For a full list of qualifying circumstances, see the IRS’ guidelines.

Don’t get your passport revoked! If you think you might be in trouble, don’t hesitate to email me or call me at (206) 323-1066!

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