We warned you many months ago about this happening, and it looks as if early in 2017 IRS will receive the right to certify tax debt to the State Department. The notices have already been reported to this office by current and potential clients.
What does this mean?
If you are deemed by IRS code to be a seriously delinquent taxpayer the IRS is now authorized to tell the State Department about your debt. The outcome of this notification may be to halt issuing or ban renewal of your passport. Once the State Department receives the certification from the IRS, they make revoke your passport or limit your travel to the US only. However, before blocking your passport, the State Department may give you 90 days to remedy your tax situation.
What is seriously delinquent?
If you owe $50,000 or more to the IRS you may be deemed as a seriously delinquent taxpayer. Keep in mind your original tax debt could have been less than this amount but with penalties, interest, and new assessments. Although this is the general criteria for a seriously delinquent account, there may be other factors that can get your passport flagged.
Ways an attorney might get your passport released:
- Correct any erroneous certification issues
- Enter into satisfactory payment arrangements
- Help set up extended payment arrangements (IA)
- Obtain an Offer in Compromise (OIC)
- File for Innocent Spouse
- File for Injured Spouse
- Settlement Agreements
- Suspend Collections
What can you do?
The first step is to seek out assistance from a qualified tax attorney. If you owe anything over $10k to the IRS or State, it is in your best interest to consult with a representative. A representative is an Attorney, Enrolled Agent, or CPA licensed to represent clients before the IRS and State Agencies. They are skilled in tax resolution and handle cases like this every day.
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