360,000+ Americans With Tax Debt May Be Denied Passports


The Internal Revenue Service is going ahead with enforcing a law that will allow authorities to revoke and deny passports of those owing over $51,000 in unpaid taxes. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which became a law in December 2015 says that the IRS and State Department must deny or revoke passports of any taxpayer who owes a debt of more than $51,000 in taxes, including interest and penalties. The law allows denying first-time passport applications, as well as its renewal. In extreme cases, a valid passport can even berevoked by the State Department.Currently, 362,000 people fall under the ambit of this law.

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