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Passport Revocation Update from the Taxpayer Advocate

by: Claudine Gindel   2017-09-01

Thanks to our friend and expat advocate Keith Redmond who set up this up, Attorney Anthony Parent had the pleasure of a conference call with the Taxpayer Advocate to get updates on the Passport Revocation and Denial Law. They had some interesting insight into the situation. As a matter of fact, we got more information from them than we've gotten from the IRS.


The Passport Denial and Revocation Law

It has now been almost 2 years since the FAST Act was passed. The FAST Act included a provision that amended the US tax code to give the power to the IRS to have your passport revoked or denied for unpaid federal income tax taxes of $50,000 or more. While we have had clients bring us IRS collection notices that include a paragraph about passport revocation and denial, the IRS had not yet begun to seize passports. 


Taxpayer Advocate Updates

On the call was Rostyslav Shiller and Amanda Bartmann, Attorney Advisors to the National Taxpayer Advocate. We truly appreciate the work that Nina Olson and the Taxpayer Advocate team does. They informed us of some updates:



Why start with just passport denials?

We believe that the IRS will be starting with denials because there will be less red tape than with revocations. Simply denying someone a passport because of tax debt is much easier than tracking down those that owe over $50,000 and actively taking their passports away. We can't seem to find anyone at the IRS or State Department that can tell us exactly what the revocation process looks like, or the reinstatement process. Will they actually stop you in the airport? What if you are living in another country - can that country take your passport?


Taxpayer Advocate Assistance for your passport

As with any agency, the Taxpayer Advocate has limited resources based on their budget. They believe that when passport denial and revocation actually go into effect, they may be inundated with requests from the public for help. They understand that US persons living overseas rely on their passports more so than citizens living in the US. Taxpayer cases involving revocation, limitation or denial of passports will be given pripority by the Taxpayer Advocate Service.


If you are concerned about a tax debt and the security of your passport, contact us. We can help. Call us at 888-727-8796 or email 


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