Do you have an outstanding tax debt with the IRS? If so, they can now legally restrict your travel outside of the country. Despite the numerous scandals that the IRS is involved in, they have been granted the police-state power by your caring and well wishing friends in Congress.
The new powers for the IRS go into effect in January of 2016. According to Forbes, this new law was hidden deep within a 1,300 page highway legislation bill. What the IRS has to do with America’s highways is anyone’s guess. The “Revocation or Denial of Passport in Case of Certain Tax Delinquencies” section of the tax code has already passed through the House of Representatives and the Senate.
This severe action by the government acts as another form of control over American citizens. It allows the IRS to target any citizen that owes taxes in excess of $50,000 (including interest and penalties). Once the IRS makes the judgment call on the citizens of their choosing, the State Department is legally allowed to revoke, deny, or limit the passports for those citizens.
With the way the IRS has targeted conservative groups and have looked the other way for certain groups and individuals, this new law is a dangerous tool for the government to be holding in their tool bag. With this in effect, what is to stop the government from encroaching even further?