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IRS Passport Revocation - And How to Stop It

If you owe more than $50,000 to the IRS, they will certify your debt to the Department of State so that you cannot renew your Passport, and may have your Passport revoked without warning. The most important thing you can do when facing Passport Revocation is to work out a collection alternative with the IRS before the time limit set forth in Letter 6152 expires. The IRS is using this tool to "get your attention" because your debt is seriously delinquent and to force you to focus on the problem before the debt gets too old. It can be jarring to go to the airport for a business trip only to find out the hard way that one of those IRS notices you ignored had caused your Passport to lapse, and now your international travel privileges have been suspended. Some of the ways to prevent or delay Passport Revocation include exercising your administrative rights and taking steps to settle your IRS debt through an IRS program. The IRS will not revoke your Passport if your IRS debt is: 

1) Being paid timely with an IRS-approved installment agreement;
2) Being paid timely with an offer in compromise accepted by the IRS, or a settlement agreement entered with the Justice Department;
3) Pending a collection due process hearing that is timely requested regarding a levy to collect the debt; or
4) For which collection has been suspended because a request for innocent spouse relief under IRC § 6015 has been made.

If you have any questions at all, please give us a call at (201) 529-8024 or visit our website at www.fazziolaw.com. You can also learn more about IRS options to settle back tax debt at https://www.fazzio-law-offices.com/IRSFreshStart.  You can also learn more about IRC Section 7345 and Passport Revocation on the IRS website where there are some helpful slides that go through the details at - https://www.irs.gov/…/ir…/2018ntf-passport-certification.pdf.