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SAY WHAT: Americans Could Be Denied a Passport Because They Owe Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service says that 362,000 Americans with “seriously delinquent" overdue tax payments will be denied passports or passport renewals if they do not pay the money they owe, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Over 220 people have paid $11.5 million in overdue taxes so they can apply for a new passport or renew it and 1,400 people arranged a payment plan to pay off their debt.

The IRS has the power to block passports thanks to a law passed by Congress in 2015, which authorizes the move in cases where more than $51,000 is owed. Since February, the agency has been sending tens of thousands of violators’ names to the State Department, which oversees passport applications.

The State Department says that violators who do not resolve their tax issues before applying for a passport will have their application delayed or denied. Meanwhile, people with seriously delinquent tax payments who have already applied for a new U.S. passport will not have a new passport issued to them until they have resolved their tax issues with the IRS.

What did you think of the IRS’s policy?

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