Traveling Overseas? Back Taxes May Cause Your Passport to be Revoked!

If you are planning to travel and will need a passport, you need to know that if you have tax debt over $51,000, the IRS can instruct the State Department to Revoke your Passport.


When the Fixing America’s Service Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, was signed into law on December 4, 2015, the IRS was given a new tool to help them collect back taxes.


The new law requires the Internal Revenue Service to notify the State Department of taxpayers who owe "seriously delinquent tax debt". The act defines seriously delinquent tax debt as individual back taxes that are more than $51,000 (including penalties and interest). In addition, the IRS will need to have:

  • Filed a Notice of Federal Tax lien - which they typically do even when tax debt is greater than $10,000. and

  • All administrative remedies under IRC § 6320 have lapsed or been exhausted (30 days), or

  • If a levy has been issued.

If you meet the above requirements (which is very easy to meet) and you have not made alternate arrangements to pay, the IRS may very well notify the State Department and once notified, the State Department generally will not issue or renew, and may even revoke, your passport


When you owe the IRS more than $51,000, they will notify the State Department and your Passport may be revoked.


If you need your passport for travel or work and owe more than $51,000 (including penalties and interest, we encourage you to contact us right away so we can take steps toward fixing the tax problem that could cause your passport to be revoked. Contact us today at 505-353-9610 or 833-StopIRS to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. You will be under no pressure what-so-ever to retain us. There is no risk and you have nothing to lose. The worst case is that you spend an hour of your time with us and leave the conversation with greater clarity and insight into your tax problem.