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The IRS Can Nix Your Right to Travel: “They Could Revoke Your Passport on Your Honeymoon”

Mac Slavo
December 22nd, 2015
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US Passport - Enemy Expatriation Act

Never mind the fact that the IRS itself has been unconstitutionally taxing most Americans for the past century.

If you are found to be delinquent in paying your taxes,the IRS can now revoke your passport, and prevent you from traveling until you’ve been cleared by the tax behemoth.

As USA Today reports:

A new enforcement provision passed by Congress and signed into law earlier this month allows the government to revoke the passports of seriously delinquent tax scofflaws — people who owe more than $50,000 to Uncle Sam.

“You could be on your honeymoon and they could revoke your passport,” said Tom Wheelwright, a certified public accountant and chief executive officer at ProVision Wealth Strategists in Tempe, Ariz.

Some details still need to be worked out, but the new passport rule indicates the government wants to get serious about collecting unpaid tax debts. The IRS reported 12.4 million delinquent accounts owing nearly $131 billion in assessed taxes, interest and penalties in 2014.

In addition to going after delinquent taxpayers by revoking their passports, the FAST Act highway-transportation bill signed by President Obama on Dec. 4 also gives private debt collectors a shot at forcing taxpayers to make good on their debts. The act includes a mandate that the Internal Revenue Service turn over certain unpaid tax delinquencies to private debt collectors.

The passport-revoking provision allows the Department of the Treasury and the IRS to authorize the State Department to take away U.S. passports from individuals with seriously delinquent tax liabilities. That’s defined as those greater than $50,000 and for which the IRS has filed a lien or levy, according to Matthew D. Lee of law firm Blank Rome. In a blog, he described the passport-revoking provision as a “powerful tool to force tax compliance.” Affected taxpayers would receive written notice.

Obviously, the emphasis is on revenue generation and the recovery tax money owed.

The rules have not all been worked out, but it appears that Americans who are already out of the country when their passports are revoked would likely be allowed to come back home.

But the larger issue is the overlapping of policies that are not always fair, which become even less fair when intertwined to enforce government policy – creating a serious risk of violating rights.

The threshold is $50,000, which initially seems like it would apply only to big fish; but when you factor in all the penalties and stacked fines that can be rapidly levied by the IRS, it really could happen to almost anyone. That might especially be true for expats, who often get caught up in tax liens when the IRS merely intends to investigate whether persons overseas have been paying their dues.

But the sudden loss of income, employment or mistakes in calculating tax liabilities could all factor into being unable to pay, and yet these individuals would likely lose their right to freely travel. USA Today notes:

Wheelwright views the $50,000 limit as low, adding that it wouldn’t take much to accumulate that much debt if a person lost a job or incurred big medical bills. It doesn’t help that it’s getting more difficult for people to contact the IRS, which is answering only about 40% of telephone calls from taxpayers, he said. Even tax professionals are looking at average phone waits of about 90 minutes, he said.

Many of the people with severely delinquent accounts are U.S. citizens who live in other nations, said Mark Luscombe, principal federal tax analyst at researcher Wolters Kluwer in suburban Chicago. Some have dual citizenship and might not worry about losing their U.S. passports. “They feel they can ignore a tax problem for a while.”

While the IRS is unlikely to abuse this new power in the short term, and most of the cases may involve individuals who are legitimately delinquent, there is little that would keep the IRS from doing so in the future.

Will members of the IRS, Treasury or State Dept. be caught piling on fraudulent tax liens or sums in order to penalize their political enemies, as well as dissidents (as Lois Lerner & co. did with Tea Party members) and shady individuals (whom, in theory, they might like to bust for tax evasion, but lack enough evidence to prove…)

The scenarios and possibilities for abuse are numerous, and there is every reason to think that this violates the spirit of the separation of powers, and represents a dangerous precedent for the IRS, who already stop at nothing to harass and eat out the substance of hardworking people in this nation.

Read more:

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Date: December 22nd, 2015
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  1. Sgt. Dale says:

    The honeymo0on has been over for a long time.
    I really don’t want to leave the USA any way.

    I’m spending my money on Prepps.

    Just like the Guberment attack the US citizen and let ISIS or what ever in to kill us.

    They can stick my Pass port where the sun don’t shine. (They would probably like that).


    • Jim in Va. says:

      You can take Utah’s concealed carry course and you’ll get back almost all the lost reciprocity. We need national concealed carry.

      • Enemy of the State says:

        We need country wide constitutional carry
        Fuck all thier paperwork and infringements

        BTW Virginia suck my balls ( not the state and its people just its asshole in government)you don’t have the right to recind my 2nd amendment
        This Jackoff doesn’t have that power to superceed the constitution
        Besides the paper permission slip is also an infringement
        I will not comply

  2. Billy says:

    The government doesn’t want you, they want your money and your assets and will deprive you of your rights until they get or put you in a government cage. After they get what they think they are entitled to you can leave. However, if you go to another country and work you are still required to pay taxes on your income to the US even if you never come back. I read an article that some cash strapped states are considering some kind of scheme to do the same if you leave to live in another state. So please don’t think it is you who is important to them, it isn’t, it’s what they can wring out of you. There are already laws on the books like civil forfeiture and other means of confiscation to steal from you even if no law was broken, even if you are not even actually suspected of a crime.
    The government is desperate for funds, the well is dry. We have been spent into insolvency. Do TPTB address what in reality is now national bankruptcy-NO! They are looking for other sources of revenue to spend that too. Look in the near future for confiscation of pensions, retirement accounts, 401 plans, bank accounts, etc. These monies will be either out-right stripped from you, or you will be forced to release your accounts for to be exchanged for t-bills, t-notes, or t-bonds. Get your money out and only keep in a bank account what you need to manage your monthly expenses.
    Look at your property this way; if the government can draft a person into the military to where one can even lose your life what qualms would they have in “only” taking your property? They will do whatever they believe they are entitled to, or what their power will allow them to get away with. You will be propagandized to believe any justification they offer the public. You are only viewed as a resource to be used by being deprived of the fruits of your labor; your time, effort, energy, and goods are taken in what is commonly referred to as taxes. Why would anyone believe the officials, why would anyone continue to vote? The end result is always the same, you get less, they get more! Reorganize your life to withdraw from this process as much as possible. As you do you will gain in power by taking back what is being taken from you.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you think about it this is exactly why they would like a war within our borders with mass casualties, if you and your whole family are dead they can claim your entire estate…
      Dirty pool being played here, very dirty

    • Hey Billy, these are the things that worry me the most, because good luck getting through confiscation. I saw confiscation in Mexico during the devaluation. Divide and conquer takes on a new meaning. I think they will run confiscation before it all crashes. They already are. $50000 is nothing, they pile on fines and penalties. I sometimes think I should forget building a cute small house… the trailerstead is so much less interesting to tptb.

    • Genius says:

      Well put Billy. We are just cattle to be milked until dead. Disposable goy of no consiquence. Human resources which are way too abundant and need to be culled.

    • Eileen K. says:

      What you just described, Billy, is Bolshevism/Communism in a nutshell.
      Under such a system, only the plutocrats in gov’t get to enjoy the stolen wealth of the citizenry, who wind up barely surviving. The former USSR was a very good example; and, today, North Korea is an excellent example. How many North Koreans trying to flee to South Korea have been killed in their attempt? During the Cold War era, how many Eastern Europeans were killed trying to escape to the West?
      In addition, will the USSA resort to the same tactics? Of course, they’d have to totally disarm the citizenry first, which will be quite difficult to do (there are over 100 million gun owners right now, and rising).

      • Yes, and like the Bolsheviks, our government is making it harder to leave the country. Never before in our history have we been “locked in.” Never mind they don’t want us. Ditto Nazis Germany hating jewelry but refusing to let them leave, or stealing all their money first.

  3. PO'd Patriot says:

    Well who in the hell wants to go to “Europed into Sharia Law Land” for a honeymoon. Secondly the IRS can go shit and fall back in it. YOU ARE ONLY FETTERED ONLY BY THE CHAINS THAT YOU IMAGINE. Hell, money’s getting tight even for some rich folks(loss of some skin during the recent stock market correction). Contact them to see if an estate would hold a wedding for a fee. You might be surprised. A lot of waterfront estates in my area do. Hell, part of the movie “Wedding Crashers” was filmed here. Shoot even the VonLusch family would be committing suicide escaping Germany by way of the Alps.

    • The last time I was in Europe was in 2007. It was still beautiful then, minus the politically correct horseshit. Anyway, we spent time in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. You couldn’t pay me to go there now, except for maybe Hungary since they’ve told the ECB to fuck off and they know how to secure their borders. It’s a damn shame, but that’s what the globalist scum want; Ordo ab Chao.

  4. alias says:

    Your bugout options should probably include a valid US Passport- (passport book, not passport card ), kept in a RFID wallet with extra passport type photos for visas. I have an International inoculation booklet (free at shots clinic)- your destination country may require shots to cross the border.
    A credit card with at least $250 on it to rent a car with if you have to, and a debt or credit card with enough on it to buy that ticket to get out of Dodge with.

  5. Stephen ky says:

    I read about the donations for the Navy Veteran battling cancer. Look into rick Simpson oil. It’s condensed thc and it will cure your cancer. Please do not undergo chemotherapy or radiation.

  6. climber says:

    Wow…..im so upset i can’t go to Europe and hang out with millions of refugees….bummer. Seriously though, who the hell would get on a plane right now.

  7. Say When says:

    Been a long time since I commented but been very busy.
    I have a very difficult time believing that this will be administered fairly. When they go after the 10,000 gov. employees that are $3.4bil.in delinquent taxes or heaven forbid they even attempt to go after The most rev. Al (the poverty pimp) Sharpton who owes in excess of $4.5 million in back taxes to New York and the Fed. How is Obama going to break this to his buddy Al. Sometimes I believe that all the crap that is coming out of D.C. is enough to fry a rational persons brain. What the hell is happening in this once great republic. Well, you all have a very Blessed Christmas and a very happy New Year. Keep prepping.

    • Philosopher says:

      SW: That was what I thought too. What about all of the IRS workers that owe back taxes? What about Al Sharpton? What about some of those folks in Hollywierd that owe the IRS money?

  8. Jim in Va. says:

    I’m sure one could make it across the southern border heading south. You might see a lot of traffic headed north. Canada might be a little harder.

  9. rellik says:

    I’m curious. If you have a fine for not having Obamacare, the IRS can only go after your IRS refund. I never have a refund so IRS will show an amount due that they cannot under present law, collect. Will that be used to affect passports?

    • TaxCruncher says:

      Hmmmm…… Guess what, rellik? They may not be able to go after that ‘bama care Penalty, but they certainly will not forget about it. It will remain on their books until the day comes that you DO get a refund, and then, “BAM” !!! They will have their way. By the way, I am ready to close up Shop, having been a Tax Preparer for 43 years now. Good Luck.

  10. Satori says:

    Pennsylvania teen indicted for aiding Islamic State -Justice Dept
    h ttp://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/pennsylvania-teen-indicted-for-aiding-islamic-state-justice-dept/ar-BBnPvfW?li=BBnb4R7&ocid=ACERDHP15

    Joint Chiefs of Staff Official – US Military Gave Intel to Assad, While CIA Funded & Armed ISIS

    h ttp://www.blacklistednews.com/_Joint_Chiefs_of_Staff_Official_%E2%80%93_US_Military_Gave_Intel_to_Assad%2C_While_CIA_Funded_%26_Armed_ISIS/47973/0/38/38/Y/M.html

    so the lesson I take from this is that if you are an individual who supports a terrorist organization
    your committing a serious felony

    but if it’s the government doing it
    that’s apparently just business as usual

    this country is now so F_CKED up it’s beyond recognition

  11. Ideas Time says:

    The ir s is a privately owned Puerto Rico Trust and is not a gov agency so how can they file federal liens?

    Pure fraud as they are a privately owned trust owned and have zero authority to collect money from people so they trick them into signing a contract to donate money to them.

    Who gets the money? I have read the crown, vatican imf, un, the fed and who knows who else.

    It is all fraud. Who has to pay? Federal employees, those in DC, Puerto Rico, Guam and a couple other islands.

  12. Stolz Vorfahren says:

    This is for FREE SLAVE……. Describe what is IRS as far as ownership and its management. PLEASE.

    • Genius says:

      Owned by the fed reserve and headquartered in PR. Nothing more than a private collection agency for the bankers. But people sign on to pay taxes by saying they are US citizens. Therefor you contract to be subserviant to the fed reserve system and US corporation. YOU are a corporation being instructed by a natural being and the natural being is held responsible for the actions of the corporation that represents it. Your birth certificate is sent to the dept. of commerce to be held as collateral for the debt. Don’t believe it? Try and get your ORIGINAL birth cert. and not a copy.

  13. Jim in Va. says:

    I guess there will be a lot of government employees and congressional people who aren’t going to travel till they pay their taxes. Sharpton won’t be able to travel.

  14. Asshat says:

    Take the passport I’m not leaving America anymore. if I wanna leave America I can just be an illegal refugee that’s all it’s widely accepted everywhere these days. I’m not leaving the us if shtf in a major way I will make my final stand on this dirt. I’ve seen what’s out there and I’m not impressed. Anyway wait till they pass the bill that states you can’t collect a 401 or pension and ss bennies at the same time you can have one whichever s greater. I’ve heard a lot of pissing and moaning about people double dipping lately. People retiring and collecting pensions and still working and collecting medical ins too. What is it to them if a guy pays into the fund for 30 plus years and collects a pension. they are just jealous they aren’t getting one because they spent their life chasing the better job and had 50 jobs through the course of their life. I was never one to care about what others are getting and don’t like anyone concerned about my $ business.

    • Ass, I agree completeley! Fuckin bunch of whiners that havent paid shit. I paid out the ass over the years and if they think they will just take it then plan B will take effect. I do not rely on the banks or govt. to handle my affairs. But if they fuck me out of them then they had better watch their backs know what I mean?

  15. stan says:

    If you need to get out and you dont have a passport, you can fly to St. Thomas USVI no passport needed. Its a simple kayak trip from St John USVI to British VI and you are out…

  16. The more broke they get the more they go after. I know someone who went to court recently and along with the court fee they paid filing and storage fees for paperwork. WTF?

  17. salute says:

    You’re a good man Mac, well done.

  18. Satori says:

    Christmas 2015: Will Syria & Iraq Become Washington’s Stalingrad?

    ht tp://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-22/christmas-2015-will-syria-iraq-become-washingtons-stalingrad

    2016 is going to be an interesting year
    and not in a good way either
    “Our foreign policy is designed to perpetuate the failing petrodollar system”

    “I hope I’m wrong but I fear Washington is trying to provoke a war in the Middle East to cover the coming collapse of the Petrodollar system and the American economy when the dollar is no longer the world reserve currency. The war is necessary to blame the coming dollar and debt collapse on Russia and China rather where it belongs on Wall Street, the central banking cartel and Washington political establishment”

  19. Thor says:

    Good luck with that!

  20. Thor says:

    No fly no buy is BS. They think because they say so people have to follow their rules. How can you stop a citizen from coming back to his own country?

  21. Mr Smith says:

    We need a revoloution and not just more jaw,jaw so we can have :

    1. Own our homes, good buy to any repayments
    2. Right to bear armys
    3. No more state debt owned to jewish bankers
    4. good bye taxes and quango workers of the state
    5. Right to protest how/when we want
    6. Free movement of people in our own country

    We need to remove the chains, we need to remove the debt so every your hard working couple can start a home.

  22. Cellar Spider says:

    This new law now expands the de-facto debtors prison that has been commonplace in the unsecured credit card debt recovery market for years.

    They won’t get you on the amount you owe….because that is illegal. They will instead sue you, get a judgement, and then when you don’t comply with the terms of the judgement, then that is the method by which they will incarcerate you.

    It is the same practice that has been going on in the civil court for decades.

    If you’ve got taxes, and you get a “notice”…ALWAYS…ALWAYS…..ALWAYS…. send a letter requesting Verification Of Debt to the debt collectors.

    MAKE SURE YOU have a counterclaim amount in there.

    This country is totally screwed. Do or sell drugs like heroin, cocaine, crack, etc….. get love, compassion and treatment. Can’t pay your taxes….PRISON.

    Obama and Congress are all NWO puppets.

  23. Fuck the political process and all the political agencies and all the political agency ass clowns.

    I have my own process and am my own agency.

    My party is called anarchy and no, you can’t join. Only one member allowed. You will need to start your own.

    No man has the right to rule over another man. Natural law. Non aggression principles.

  24. Dave says:

    Does that mean that ALL the Gov’t employees that owe millions in back Taxes and that includes Congress critters and Senate Bofoons will not be allowed to Travel to Israel? It has been stated before if just 3% (if I remember right) would just stop paying anything it would all collapse? I joined years ago as have my youngin’s and I’m still here.

  25. slingshot says:

    Everything is fine in the markets.

  26. Houston/Cypress/Katy/Shtf says:


    What just happened in Turkey is what will decide what heppens here next. Turkey army attacks the Kurdish militia, and i read and article on stevequayle.com yesterday telling us, that Nato, that a battallion, destroyer carrier group is heading to the Syrian gulf to confront Russia, Big mistake on Nato’s part, or are they there to deploy soliders into Turkey to attack the militia. The kurdish oposition is in Moscow, Russia, to get help from Russia, and Lybia’s oposition who is fighting the isis take over in Lybia has asked Russia for help to invade Lybia, to take out isis. If Russia, invades Turkey or attacks them, and then invades Lybia, then we can call this ww3. Like a former Amry person told me at the gym recently, ww3 has already begun and people don’t know this yet, but in June of 2016, everyone will know this is going on for a fact, his exact words. I guess we can expect that a Nato, UN type of invasion on our shores with lots of chinese, russian, and other nationals who are already in Texas, and many other states, will be coming for the American people. This explains why the ammo is clearing off our shelves i Texas daily.



    Good luck to you soldiers when you get here. If you think that you will be giving the people that kind of treatment in my state, then good luck to you all, your going to need lots of it.

  27. Houston/Cypress/Katy/Shtf says:

    Satori, there is no way on Gods earth we are making it through 2016, much less have and election. Its impossible at this time expecially now ww3 has already begun, this what i was told by and army guy, just 1 month ago.



    We are in deep dudu.

  28. Vet1 says:

    300 refugees being moved to camp arrowhead in sommvell county Tx, they say for three weeks???

  29. Ron Ahrens says:

    If you are traveling right now for ANY reason anywhere that you need a passport, and you have not already bugged out and hunkered down in full prepper 24/7 watch mode-you are one clueless brain dead dumbed down Zombie, who has no idea how close we are to these New World Order psychopathic criminal monsters releasing another “Night of Broken Glass” and “Night of the Long Knives” all rolled into one.

  30. MArk says:

    Sounds like communism is getting more appealing than the path this county is going down

  31. I’ve been waiting 9 mos. To get my refund back. I can’t get anybody there to send me info back. What can i penalize them for?!?