LAS VEGAS – Oct. 18, 2023 – U.S. residents who owe more than $59,000 in back taxes and are planning to travel abroad should allow at least several months to negotiate a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service or risk having their passports denied or revoked.
Randall Brody, an IRS-enrolled agent and CEO of Tax Samaritan and Peace of Mind Tax Help, says some of his clients still don’t know about the law passed by Congress eight years ago that can disrupt travel plans.
When a person owes more than $59,000, the IRS informs the State Department, which can then deny, revoke, or restrict a passport.
Brody explained how seemingly manageable tax debts can spiral out of control due to penalties and interest.
“A $20,000 tax debt from a few years ago can easily balloon to $60,000,” he said. “When you owe $59,000 or more and can’t pay it off in 90 days, you generally have two choices: enter an IRS installment agreement or propose an offer in compromise. We can assist taxpayers with either choice.”
An installment agreement lets people pay their taxes gradually, avoiding garnishments, levies, or other collection actions. While taxpayers are still responsible for late payment penalties and interest, this option makes payments more manageable.
On the other hand, an offer in compromise lets taxpayers settle their tax debt for a reduced sum compared to the full amount.
Brody said that both of these options require time. Travelers should allocate several months to address their tax debt before traveling abroad.
He also stresses the critical need for swift action when tackling tax debts. “Prompt action can prevent small tax issues from escalating into massive headaches,” he said.
For detailed information on this topic, visit the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/revocation-or-denial-of-passport-in-case-of-certain-unpaid-taxes.
Income tax expert Randall Brody, the founder of Tax Samaritan and Peace of Mind Tax Help, specializes in solving tax issues for expats. Published regularly in the EA (Enrolled Agent) Journal, Brody has helped more than 9,500 taxpayers and eliminated over $800 million in tax debt. For free tax tips, subscribe at https://qrco.de/taxtips.
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