A small provision in the highway funding bill, H.R. 22, that is expected to become law in December would allow the State Department to revoke the passport of any individual owing the IRS more than $50, 000 in taxes according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
The measure is aimed at people who are severely delinquent on the amount they owe the government. People who have a lean or levy against their debt will be affected, but those who are on a payment plan and are in the process of paying it back will not be affected.
Those who would be the particular targets of this provision, it seems, would be those with American Passports living abroad.
The Treasury Department reported that they issued more than 800, 000 notices to Americans living abroad in 2014 concerning delinquent tax debt.
[Washington Post] [Wall Street Journal]