Taxes, Travel

Resolve Your Tax Debt to Avoid Putting Your Passport in Jeopardy

Do you have upcoming travel plans? If you are owe significant tax debt, you could be in for a surprise. Your passport can be revoked on account of the debt you owe. If you have significant tax debt, you should contact the IRS or your tax professional as soon as possible to avoid the revocation of your passport. 



How Much Debt is Too Much?

The IRS will notify the State Department of all taxpayers who owe a seriously delinquent tax debt, which is currently $52,000 or more.  The State Department may deny passport applications or renewals from those individuals. If the individual has a valid passport, the State Department has the power to revoke their passport or restrict their ability to travel internationally.

If You Owe Debt, Don’t Wait!

When a passport is revoked, the taxpayer or their representative will have to petition the IRS for the action to be reversed.  Expedited processing of these petitions reduces the normal 30-day processing time by 14-21 days.   However, taxpayers seeking expedited action will need to be able to demonstrate to IRS that they have travel scheduled within a 45-day time-frame, or that they live abroad. 

Taxpayers or their representatives must call the IRS within 30 days after receiving notification that their passport will be denied or revoked.  The matter can often be corrected if the taxpayer is able to show a good-faith attempt to resolve their tax debt.   For example, this can be done by means of an Offer in Compromise or an Installment Agreement.


Working with the IRS on passport matters can be intimidating. Our firm regularly represents taxpayers with significant tax debts, including those faced with the revocation of their passport. For a free consultation, contact Gary Massey, CPA by calling 678-235-5460, or email us at gary.massey@masseyandcompanyCPA.com.



Massey and Company is a boutique, Atlanta-based CPA  firm serving the needs of small businesses and their owners. We handle tax matters, IRS controversy, tax debts, back taxes, bookkeeping, and accounting. Our offices are in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta and we welcome face-to-face visits.

Gary Massey, CPA
Massey and Company CPA
3550 Lenox Road NE, Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30326