US to start revoking passports of American expats with tax debts

The IRS is warning US expats with large tax debts that their passports are subject to be revoked as soon as this month, jeopardizing their ability to work and live overseas.

The agency in July began sending letters to some indebted taxpayers saying it will ask the US State Department to revoke their passports.

Under law, the IRS can "certify" US passport holders to the State Department who owed more than $52,000 in overdue tax debt and were not in an agreement on the back debt. In turn, the State Department has the authority to deny a passport application, revoke or not renew a passport.

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