Resolve Your Tax Debt to Save Your Passport

Do you have upcoming travel plans? If you owe significant tax debt, you may be in for a surprise. The State Department can revoke your passport if you owe a significant tax debt to the IRS.  Therefore, taxpayers with tax debts and international travel plans should contact their CPA as soon as possible to protect their passport. 

How Much Debt is Too Much?

The IRS will notify the State Department if a taxpayer has a seriously delinquent tax debt (currently $52,000 or more).  The State Department may deny passport applications and renewals from these individuals.  In addition, the State Department has the power to revoke their passports or restrict their ability to travel internationally.

If You Owe Debt, Don’t Wait!

When a passport is revoked, the taxpayer should petition the IRS for the action to be reversed.   Normal processing time for these petitions is 30 days.  However, expedited processing is available under certain circumstances. 

Taxpayers should call the IRS within 30 days of notification that their passport will be denied or revoked.   Fortunately, the matter can usually be corrected if the taxpayer cooperates and is able to show a good-faith attempt to resolve their tax debt. For example, requesting an Offer in Compromise or an Installment Agreement is an example of a good-faith effort.

Working with the IRS is intimidating. Therefore, feel free to call our office at 678-235-5460 to discuss your situation.

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Founded by Gary Massey, Massey and Company CPA serves the needs of small businesses and business owners.  The firm handles tax matters, IRS controversy, tax debts, back taxes, bookkeeping, and accounting.  Offices are in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.

Massey and Company CPA
P.O. Box 421396, Atlanta, GA  30342