Owe The IRS? Bill Would Suspend Passport Rights For Delinquent Taxpayers

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A bill authored by a Southland lawmaker that could potentially allow the federal government to prevent any Americans who owe back taxes from traveling outside the U.S. is one step closer to becoming law.

Senate Bill 1813 was introduced back in November by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Los Angeles) to “reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes” .

After clearing the Senate on a 74 – 22 vote on March 14, SB 1813 is now headed for a vote in the House of Representatives, where it’s expected to encounter stiffer opposition among the GOP majority.

In addition to authorizing appropriations for federal transportation and infrastructure programs, the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” or “MAP-21” includes a provision that would allow for the “revocation or denial” of a passport for anyone with “certain unpaid taxes” or “tax delinquencies”.

Section 40304 of the legislation states that any individual who owes more than $50,000 to the Internal Revenue Service may be subject to “action with respect to denial, revocation, or limitation of a passport”.

The bill does allow for exceptions in the event of emergency or humanitarian situations or limited return travel to the U.S., or in cases when any tax debt is currently being repaid in a “timely manner” or when collection efforts have been suspended.

However, there does not appear to be any specific language requiring a taxpayer to be charged with tax evasion or any other crime in order to have their passport revoked or limited — only that a notice of lien or levy has been filed by the IRS.

Boxer vowed last week to push House Republicans to pass the bipartisan transportation bill that would keep the Highway Trust Fund from going bankrupt.

“Thousands of businesses are at stake, and eventually we are talking about nearly three million jobs at stake,” she said in a statement. “There are many people on both sides of the aisle in the Senate who want to get our bill, MAP-21, passed into law, and I am going to do everything I can to keep the pressure on the Republican House to do just that.”

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  • lynne

    Finally a good bill. They should suspend paychecks of government workers who owe as well!

    • Steven

      Unfortunately it isn’t because my SS was stolen and the guys and Now I constantly get things for a Mr. Garcia that owes the government money. And if I would be unable to travel because they simply run my SS, is utter BS I see this as another way to make people that have had their Identity stolen get a new SS because they are to lazy to enforce the laws in place.

    • steve

      Lynne, have you actually read the law requiring people to file and pay income tax? No? Maybe it’s because it doesn’t exist and it can’t as long as the bill of rights exists!

      If you ever thought about it you would understand.

      Stop being a bigot and get your rectal decraniotomy STAT!

    • Abe Noxious

      We need to suspend the license of any professional who has been in Federal Default on their student loan for more than 5 years effective yesterday, There are thousands of self-employed lawyers owing tens of millions in students loans who refuse to pay. The government will not file against lawyers because they show up in court to fight. It’s easier for government to go after a citizen in debt for 10K than a lawyer who owes 200K. Another reason… lawyers write the laws.

    • tonysam

      Some people haven’t read clear through the article and think that anybody who owes back taxes would have their passport suspended. I wouldn’t blame them, for the first paragraph of the article is misleading. It isn’t true–only those who owe more than 50k in back taxes would be affected. 99.9 percent of us are not in that category where we owe that much.

    • steve

      Lynne, have you actually read the law requiring people to file and pay income tax? No? Maybe it’s because it doesn’t exist and it can’t as long as the bill of rights exists!

      If you ever thought about it you would

      Stop being a bigot and get your rectal decraniotomy STAT!

    • michael

      Defaulting on student loan or child support payment two additional resons….

    • CAEmigrant

      A great idea, costing no money and mere justice.

      • Lt.Williamson

        Invictus, you can’t preach common sense to people like CA Immigrant.

      • Invictus

        so if i coerce a portion of your labor at the threat of further theft or even kidnapping and imprisonment, and then, if you don’t give me the portion of your labor I demand I restrict your free movement…this is justice?

    • Don Stegemoller

      I’ll bet there is language exempting congress and all other federal employees.

      • Passport2Tyranny

        I wonder if they suspend it if you can’t pay your taxes because the government won’t allow you to work, they only attack you nonstop and threaten you and your family for years because you pinpointed the entire Al-Qaeda organization. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Most of the stories are made up and most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        Search Palins Dirty Little Secret and learn what the state controlled media cannot report on, the truth.

      • William Stanley

        That language is probably already in the ACA.

      • stan

        Well of course! Is anyone so stupid as to think CONgress would NOT exempt feds from this bill? Oh yeah, there were enough morons to put Obama in office so…

      • Bobo

        But if you’re an illegal you can come and go as you please. And don’t worry about reporting any income or paying taxes. And help yourself to free government programs.

        US citizens have no such luck.

        Let’s take our country back from this insanity! Join the Council of Conservative Citizens today!


      • rubydid

        Definitely go to the site Palin’s Dirty Little Secret. It is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. On the off chance it is for real, the creator should definitely go back on his meds.

      • Johnny Dangerously

        My thoughts exactly! Some are more equal than others….

      • Tom in NY

        I don’t know about fed employees, but the first thing I thought of when I heard about this is that it will not apply to members of Congress. The Constitution prohibits restricting the movements of members of Congress except in cases of treason, felony or breach of the peace. Until one of those is established through due process their passports are off the table, and even after that I bet such a law would never be enforced against Congress or a (Democrat) administration official.

      • bobbyOhboy

        I guess Ron Paul was right (again) when he said the fence on the border could be used to keep us in….

      • I Love Los Angeles

        John Brooks is an N.Y. a s s h o l e

    • thomas

      They wont, and billionares who owe millions will still travel the world willy nilly. you and I sill be stopped and probably arrested for trying to flee the country oweing taxes. lol

      • Bluto

        The only billionaire that owes taxes is Warren Buffet, ya know, o’s friend?

      • roger

        Of course, Congress will exempt themseves.

      • beedogs

        REALLY, bluto? the ONLY one?

        you are incredibly naive.

      • Fred

        Let’s add GE, GM, BofA, John Corzine… to the list of those who pay no taxes on billions of profits

    • Pat Mason

      REALLY!? A “good bill” which only gives the way-too intrusive ‘government’ (IRS) MORE power? Remember when they laughed at Ron Paul who said he was more afraid of erecting border fences which someday might keep Americans IN instead of keeping illegals out! Well, VOIR LA! Remember that old saying, “Be careful what you wish for”?

      • beedogs

        you seriously still think the President of the United States is an illegal alien, you absolute relic of history?

        four years ago called; it wants its laughably bad conspiracy theory back.

      • Lt.Williamson

        Jasper, you sound like a good candidate for North Korea. Granted I understand that some people aren’t mentally capable of taking care of themselves in life and need the government to dictate what everyone should be doing and when, as well as provide plenty of freebees and handouts. Too bad the Russians kicked the kommies out – you would have loved it there. The government not only told you where and when you could and couldn’t go, but even provided your monthly alotment of toilet paper for you. Now that’s service you’d probably have loved.

      • jasperddbagghost

        You could care less. YOU wanted Ron Paul because he would give you legalized pot forever. Stick it, Cheetos.

      • Steven

        If you think pot is why people support Ron Paul you have no understanding of what the government has become, and the accelerated agenda it has pursued in last 3 months because people are waking up to the bipartisan power grabbing that is going on. Ron Paul supporters are some the most educated voters and not single issue voters like yourself because if pot keeps you from voting for someone that is what you are. There are more pressing issues than the Social ones that the left and right both preach.

      • hoopty

        Pat – It’s sad and creepy to me how people today DEMAND that the government take away their rights. The government doesn’t have to coerce anything. The people eagerly scream, “Put us in chains! Now!” It’s disgusting what a bunch of castrated sheep Americans have become.

        It seems the Barney, everyone-gets-a-trophy generation love nothing more than having an all powerful government that can do anything it wants to the people and take away ALL of their rights for the sake of the latest cause.

      • Jake V.

        …anything sponsored, sign off by, authored by or involving Barbara Boxer is nothing more than a power grab, a self aggrandizing bill or outright illegal.

        That woman, if you can call her a woman, is a piece of work and should be tried, along with quite a few others, including the dictator, for treason.

      • Markmeyer

        Nice Post Pat and 100% correct.

      • http://pablohyde.wordpress.com pablohyde

        hoopty — i couldn’t AGREE with you more… I just read Mark Levin’s book “Ameritopia”… For me, it was eye opening……

      • http://pablohyde.wordpress.com pablohyde

        Hoopty — I couldn’t agree with you more…. I just read Mark Levin’s “Ameritopia”… It was eye opening…. If you believe in personal freedom and believe in State’s rights.. It is a must read

      • Freeland Dave

        Take a passport away if you don’t pay your taxes? You don’t need a passport or even a birth certificate from what I hear. And I am not talking about illegal aliens either. POTUS does come to mind though. And what do you want to bet that if he didn’t pay his income taxes they would simply give him a free ride like they have done for everything else?

    • CommonCents

      Anyone see the irony of Barbara Boxer (a Jewess) proposing such a draconian bill, straight out of Nazi Germany and the USSR?

      Does this mean illegals who owe taxes will be required to stay -in- the U.S.?

      • Jeff

        There’s no irony. The vast majority of bolshevik revolutionary leadership were jews. Many even traveled from NY to take up arms against the gentile russians and enslave them. Trotsky was from NYC. Jews have always sought to control the gentiles.

    • Rick

      Ridiculous. So you have business outside the U.S. that you are trying to get but you can’t go there to do business so you can make enough money to pay your taxes. This is another STUPID IDEA FROM BARBARA BOXER and the DEMOCRATS! What does travel have to do with a highway bill. These people are completely stupid

    • Krystyna

      A good bill? Only if members of Congress are grounded. Not to mention Timothy Geithner. And not to worry about illegal aliens since they don’t bother with passports and they don’t pay taxes.

    • matters2u

      Why would you want to target govt workers? Just asking!

    • Markmeyer

      Taxes for now and then you electric bill later. You fool! Don’t you get it. REvocation of any or your rights because you owe a bill. It won’t stop at the IRS.

    • Markmeyer

      The IRS now and your electric bill later. Soon it will be something that you do wrong as the reason to revoke your passport. Didn’t pay your student loan. This is how all fascists start their process. Wake up!!

      • RDM

        So true.. People still think America is something good and it’s for the people.. It hasn’t been that way since JFK…. America is NOT a good place anymore. Full of uneducated, complacent lazy aSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSES..

    • Judith

      NOT good. How could any middle manager who must travel abroad on business afford to appeal his fight over alleged back taxes? And what about those caught in the infamous snafus of the tax bureaucrats?
      America the roach motel.

    • AtlasObjectivist

      Yeah a great bill, just like they use to have in the Soviet Union.

    • freecheese

      Make the law retro active and hit Little Timmy Geitner and Charles Rangle !

    • CF Tab

      Anyone who thinks this is a good idea is just not thinking. It is an example of the new police state. You do not have to be proven to owe in a court of law, the IRS can simply flag your passport and then you are a subject of the federal govt. Sounds like the KGB, the Stasi or the Gestapo. This is one of the most frightening pieces of legislation I have ever seen. Everyone should be afraid of it, whether you pay your taxes or not – because now the Feds can limit your rights based on their whim – we are becoming the people we say we hate. Heil Obama.

    • anotherkasumi

      Now that really makes sense… suspend someones paycheck who owes money… Now how will they pay the IRS with no pay check? Please think before you type. This bill is completely scary and wreaks of potential problems… just imagine being that person who is on the way to a vacation they spent a ton of money on… stopped at the airport because of a glitch in the system… IRS puts a freeze on your passport because they mistakenly categorized you into freeze pile… I don’t like this…

    • Thomas Paine

      It’s time for a revolution


    Good intentin bill but what if you are accused wrongly – where is the due process!! This is unconstitutional

    • Invictus

      You are all lunatics. Someone demands a portion of your labor and essentially holds you captive if you don’t play along….this is called slavery.

      For those of you who are STILL too blind to see the american state for the monster it has evolved into,
      “Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” -John Adams

      • CommonCents

        The ‘lunatics’ to whom you refer are otherwise known as LOOTERS & MOOCHERS.

        Anyone who supports this idea is an advocate for Nazi and Soviet-style policies.

    • Rip Vanwinkle

      This is now a Post Constitutional America.
      Due process is no longer needed.
      Just take a look around you.

    • Drew Taylor

      I just hope it applies to all elected and gov’t employees…..

  • chillyp

    Then how would Timothy Giehner or the rest of the Obama Admin be able to travel outside of the US? They’re the biggest Tax Cheats of all?

    • susan

      Don’t forget the biggest cheat of them all, Warren Buffet.

    • JOSE


      • Invictus

        bro its wayyyyyyyy beyond democrat v. republican, it is now Statist v. Non-statist. Or Libertarians v. the world…

  • Ryan

    While I agree with this bill… what about the guys that come here illegally with no passport, work, pay no taxes, use our system, send money overseas, and then leave the country at will to go back home. We need a national sales tax, not an income tax. And we need a prohibitively huge tax on sending cash overseas.

    • Greg

      It would do NOTHING against illigals. If the IRS wants your money, then they can levy against you. That is it. I am leaving America for New Zealand. My citizenship is not worth this. Remember that George Washington’s British citizenship was not worth high taxes, either. Idiots like you who support this madness are the problem. You probably also support the healthcare bill. You are not an American. You are a traitor. Well, you can keep your passport. I will keep my money, my computer science degree, and my work ethic. In a few years, when others with intelligence, money, and work ehthic also leave, you and the rest of the welfare parasites can leach off of each other until you mutually starve one another to death. I mean it. I am out of America by the end of 2012.

      • Ross

        Leaving America for New Zealand? How do you know that New Zealand’s goverment and tax system is any better than what we have in America?

        What if when living in New Zealand you find their government is just as bad, or even worse that the USA?

        If there is anything you know about Zealand that made you want to go live there, I would greatly appreciate a reply to please let me know.

        Maybe, I will even consider moving to New Zealand!

      • J March

        I hear it’s nearly impossible to immigrate into NZ. Maybe Australia.

    • RDM

      As they take more and more and more freedoms away IDIOTS say.. While. I agree with the bill.. Please pull your head out of your butt… Arizona passing internet censorship laws, NDAA, SOPA, Etc ETC.. DONT YOU GET IT?:??!!!! WAKE THE EFF UP! NOW!!

  • Vic

    And yet if you are an illegal we won’t require you to pay any taxes ever or have to follow any of the pesky laws we require of US citizens like insurance, genuine SS number drivers license etc. and you can come and go in and out of the country as you please!

    • Lt.Williamson

      Because they don’t care about the illegals. They only want to imprison YOU. They are building one big Gulag. You’re watched by camera constantly. All your banking transactions are not private. Your internet is not private. New TV’s will be able to listen and see you. All they need to do is restrict travel. Welcome to North Korea. I can’t believe anyone would be for this bill. Amazingly sad. As a nation, we can withstand some corruption at the top. But we will never stand if the populace is filled with idiots.

      • beedogs

        I moved to Australia. It is so much better here.

      • Greg

        Too late. The populace is already filled with idiots. The lunatics have already taken over the asylum. It is done. The Titanic has already struck the iceburg. The only thing we can still do is re-arrange deck chairs–which is futile. I am immigrating to New Zealand. But Australia, Brazil, and Argentina are also good. Hong Kong is another option, if you already have money.

  • Snitch-in-Time

    Germany did things like this in the late 1938 to keep the Jews from escaping. When you have no choices left, when you are deemed an enemy of the state, and you cannot leave, what’s next on the agenda?

    • Red Pill

      Thank you Snitch-in-Time! I can’t believe you people think this is a good bill. First the IRS is ILLEGAL, and was not ratified by congress. Second this law only applies to the law abiding citizens of this country. So what if you owe back taxes, in these times who doesn’t (of those of us that work)? How can you not see the writing on the wall with this law? It’s this kind of stupidity and uninformed people that have truly believing this country is toast.

      • JB

        Where is the outrage over the passport cancellation for non-payment of child support?

    • William

      If you have money you can “buy” a legal passport from certain south american countries. Then, you have a spare passport for emergency use.

    • http://pablohyde.wordpress.com pablohyde

      great point…. the Feds are beefing up their agents…. with fire arms as well..

  • American Man 2012

    Does this include Charlie Rangel NY Dem

    • David from San Diego

      Of course not. He’s above the law, as are all the other Washington insiders.

  • Maj Variola

    You now live in a debtors prison. Enjoy.

  • fed up

    how about a bill, that if any congress person cheats on taxes, cheats on their spouse, commits violations of ethics, waste taxpayer money on lavious parites…they forfiet ther position and pension.

    how about one , you dont balance the budget you get no pay.

  • http://hostdude99.wordpress.com hostdude99

    Yea, lets just jettison due process for everything just cause the government says you owe money. I mean what’s the point of a trial, etc. Yet another bill that probably would not survive constitutional scrutiny. Dems seems good and producing that. Now if only they could produce a budget in the senate…

  • Bob Dobbs

    Soon, you will pay Mexican smugglers to get you south of the border.

    • hoopty

      Ruled by California and its bankrupt insanity – this is what Americans get when they vote Democrat. Nancy Pelosi led the US as Majority Leader in the House and this horrible idiot, Barbara Boxer, is forwarding this bill from the Senate.

      America, don’t you get it? This is really what you want? Rule by leftist Californian imbeciles who will destroy the country and all of our rights? I live in California and things are bad enough without the California liberal disease running the Federal government, too.

      • RDM

        Dude, please get out of this left vs right B>S.. It’s getting old. Seriously.. Ron Paul is THE ONLY PERSON who is not for the status quo… I HOPE YOU WAKE UP TO THAT FACT AND SOON!!!!!

    • hoopty

      You’re not kidding. And look at the idiots here saying what a great idea this bill is.

    • Greg

      I am taking my money, my computer science degree, and my work ethic to New Zealand. My “American” passport is not worth this sh#* anymore than George Washington’s British citizenship was worth high taxes. Pretty soon, other smart, ambitious American producers will also see the light and leave this nation for foreign shores. Eventually the only people left in America will be welfare recipients and losers. Those parasites can then leach off of each other until they mutually starve one another to death. F’ em. I mean it. I am gone by the end of 2012. Party’s over. Check Please!

  • James Woods

    Im game as long as all government employees are given 10 days from passage to pay any delinquent taxes or face immediate termination.

    I also want Corzines’ passport revoked; im sure he’s still free to travel anywhere he wants.

    Madoff ran an illegitimate company that our wonderful government couldn’t catch but he was nothing compared to the real bankers we have. Look at the destruction they have caused; and they are just getting started.

    And im sure they all will keep their passports.

  • ricktus

    only works if you include the senators and congressman. else its just another way the government will take things away from you.

  • NeverSurrender

    Way to go Obama. You finally found a way to stop people for traveling. The only problem is we asked you to find a way to stop people from traveling to the US illegally NOT stop US from traveling.

  • stan

    I am all for this bill IF AND ONLY IF the IRS is fined $10,000 for each day a passport is held when they person owes no taxes. I don’t trust the federal government to do ANYTHING correctly and so they need to be held accountable- even if it IS with our money.

    • JB

      It would be like moving money from your left pocket to your right pocket.
      You are going to sue the IRS? And hope to win a bonanza? You must be a child.

      • stan

        Yeah, dum bass- a 43 year old “child.” Read my comment again with your head OUT of your rear. If it holds the IRS accountable for their erroneously withholding someone’s pass port then go for it. I full y realize NO law will EVER require accountability from the government and so… connect the dots here, junior… I will never support this law. Got it now, kid?

  • Jesse

    Pfft. Ron Paul talked about “Capital controls keeping people in…” and pundits laughed for weeks. Now we’re actually considering it.

    We deserve what we get if this becomes acceptable.

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  • chris

    Just some food for thought… When was the last time you had your passport stamped when leaving the country? I just checked mine and the only stamps from the US are entry stamps.

    • Jeff

      I read the text of the passport section of the bill on Politico. It gives them the power to deny passport applications and renewals if you owe them more than $50,000. It also allows them to confiscate passports upon return to the US. It doesn’t say anything about stopping people from leaving, but that’s easy enough for our overlords to add as needed in the future.


    • Jerry

      Your passport is checked by the airlines (or cruise line, if international) when you check in at the airport for a flight that goes to a foreign country.

  • Bob Ballou

    Does this apply to little Timmy Geitner?

    • Tom in NY

      I don;t know, but maybe this bill would have prevented Charlie Rangle from visiting his “vacation home” in the DR?

  • Ted

    Student loans are next

    • Sara Bellum

      Damn right. Debt is modern day slavery for EVERYBODY. They edges of the box are being put in place and closing in folks, Wake Up.

  • Serf

    Shut up and pay your taxes debt slaves. signed – The Federal Reserve

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  • William Chandler

    Where is all this talk about suspending People’s RIGHTS and even/especially revoking People’s CITIZENSHIP originating? THAT is a question People need to be asking. I am an AMERICAN for LIFE no steenking Politician can revoke or change that.

  • Jezzy

    What is you have to go overseas for work? If you can’t do that and owe money, well, you won’t be able to pay off the IRS. This is another stupid bill by democrats to take away FREEDOM.

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