Bad news, person who is seriously delinquent on payment of many tens of thousands of dollars in debt to the IRS: the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 says you might not be able to take that epic vacation to faraway lands for a while, reports the Washington Post.
If the Secretary receives certification by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue that any individual has a seriously delinquent tax debt in an amount in excess of $50,000, the Secretary shall transmit such certification to the Secretary of State for action with respect to denial, revocation, or limitation of a passport pursuant to section 52102(d) of the Transportation Funding Act of 2015.
By “seriously delinquent,” they mean, well:
For purposes of this section, the term ‘seriously delinquent tax debt’ means an outstanding debt under this title for which a notice of lien has been filed in public records pursuant to section 6323 or a notice of levy has been filed pursuant to section 6331
I can sense your eyes glazing over. Here’s the idea: the House Ways and Means committee and the Senate Finance committee figure people who are massively in debt to the federal government will find a way to come up with the money if suddenly their ability to take a trip to Cancún is withheld. This sudden, prompted search through the couch cushions will make the government richer than hell, guys:
Estimates from the Joint Committee on taxation project the move could raise $398 million over 10 years.
I’ve gotta tell you, I had no idea delinquent American taxpayers were willing to have liens imposed upon their property just to avoid paying money they actually have lying around. Maybe it’s all earmarked for a trip to Tuscany? Huh.