“Bipartisanship” Stinks: IRS Can Now Revoke Your Passport

Congress has passed a new border control law. But it’s not what you think. Instead of keeping illegal aliens out, this law keeps Americans penned inside their own borders by IRS decree.

Seriously. A sneaky new law from the GOP controlled Congress gives the IRS a new way to control your physical movements. I thought we had defeated the Soviet Union.

On December 4, 2015, Barack Obama signed into law two new sections (some 1,500 words, combined) of the Internal Revenue Code. The provisions were part of H.R. 22, entitled, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. All snuck into enactment as a highway transportation bill with a curious section that concerns passports.

You might ask, “What the heck do domestic highways have to do with passports?” And even beyond that, you might wonder, “What do passports have to do with taxation and the IRS?”

This public transportation bill adds a brand-new section to tax code. It is code section 7345. The new law authorizes the Secretary of Treasury, on the recommendation of the Commissioner of the IRS, to “deny, revoke, or limit the passport of a taxpayer.”

The IRS can now limit your travel if you have a “seriously delinquent tax debt.” That’s a bit of a precedent, because normally only criminal proceedings can result in you having to turn over your
passport as a condition of bail. Now we are within sight of how a tax dispute with the IRS could land you on the “NO FLY” list too.

Editor’s note: This article comes from my friend and colleague in the freedom movement, and noted IRS expert Dan Pilla. Dan is author of a great new book, “How to Get Tax Amesty.” You can reach Dan Pilla at 215 W. Myrtle Street, Stillwater, MN 55082.