If You Owe the IRS, They Can Revoke or Deny Your Passport
Back in August 2019, the IRS began taking measures to systematically revoke passports through the United States State Department for individuals and businesses that owe the Internal Revenue Service more than $52,000 in tax debt, penalties, and interest. Once the IRS has filed a tax lien, the person is at an even higher risk for passport action. Upon the IRS showing a legally enforceable federal tax debt, the IRS process involves denying passport applications/renewals or revoking existing passports by the State Department. Of the cases referred to the State Department, the data shows that 98.6% of tax debt cases end in passport application denial, passport application renewal denial, and passport revocation.
We Have Experience with the IRS and Passports
Recently, the tax attorneys at J David Tax Law in Orlando, FL have represented tax debt cases where Americans traveling overseas learned that their passport was revoked while they were traveling outside the United States. Further, in the last year, our tax attorneys in Orlando, FL have also represented cases where individuals who booked expensive travel plans could not go as planned because the State Department prevented the issuance of a passport because of tax debt.
Depending on the circumstances, these scenarios can be frustrating to scary. In several of the IRS passport revocation cases our firm handled over the past year, the individual did not receive a prior notice that the passport was about to be revoked. This is most likely from the individual moving and not filing taxes since their relocation; therefore, the IRS did not have updated records. The IRS only has one obligation for notification of any tax debt, which includes passport revocation. The obligation is strictly limited to sending correspondence to the last known address the IRS has on file.
We Can Help You with Tax Debt and Passport Issues
If you owe the IRS more than $52,000 in tax debt and are concerned about your passport status, we can help. Our tax attorneys strongly advise you seek assistance prior to your passport revocation or renewal denial. However, if you have already lost your passport, we can work with the IRS to get it reinstated in days to weeks. In cases where you have imminent travel, we can work out agreements for you with the IRS. Some of the options our tax attorneys in Orlando, FL often employ for passport release or approval are Offer in Compromise, Affordable IRS Repayment Plans, and Negotiated Non-Collectible Status.
When it comes to fighting the IRS in complex personal and/or business tax debt cases to achieve successful tax resolution outcomes, the tax attorneys at J David Tax Law in Orlando, FL are highly experienced. It is the core focus of our firm. Call (407) 603-3962 to receive a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Peace of mind is only a click or phone call away.
He is the founder and Managing Partner of J. David Tax LawSM. He is the winner of the 2019 Ultimate Tax Attorney awarded by the Jacksonville Business Journal. This award recognizes law firms and attorneys who show exemplary professional talent and skill while demonstrating superior client care, leadership, charitable concern, and civic engagement. Jonathan graduated from Chapman University School of Law. He has practiced law since 2011.
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