One way in which the IRS can guarantee paying off your back tax debt is by denying the passport that allows you to travel or leave the country. Passport revocation is one way the IRS can collect your payment with your tax debt.
How Does Passport Revocation Work?
The law allows the state department to revoke, deny, or limit passports for any US citizen acknowledged by the IRS that has delinquent tax debt. Once the debt has been certified, the IRS will inform the state department that you have unsettled tax debts and ban or refuse you from receiving a US passport until they reverse the ruling. Also, if you have an existing one, it can be canceled or will be denied or rejected if you renew it.
Once notifying the state department, there is a 90-day delay in denying your passport, which gives you the time to do the following:
- Pay your tax debt
- Request for a payment agreement with the IRS
- Resolve all your cases with certifications