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Plano TX – Owe the IRS? You May Have Passports Problems!

by | Jan 17, 2020

When taxpayer’s have IRS Debt, the IRS has a number of tools to use to collect the debt.  Those include levies, liens, and can also include revoking the taxpayer’s passport.  For some taxpayers, this is not a major threat.  For others, there can be a substantial impact including harming a taxpayer’s ability to earn a living and visit loved ones and can be a major reason for dealing quickly and effectively with tax debts.

Who Should Be Concerned?

If you owe a seriously delinquent tax debt, which is currently $52,000 or more, the IRS will notify the State Department and the taxpayer does not have an active installment agreement with the IRS nor there is a hold on Collection, under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation ACT (FAST ACT), the IRS is to notify the State Department of the delinquent debt and the State Department is required to deny any passport applications or renewals from the taxpayer.  The State Department may revoke a passport or limit travel outside the US as well.

What’s the Process?

As noted above, the IRS is required to “Certify” to the State Department when a Taxpayer qualifies under the ACT as having seriously delinquent tax debt.  When the IRS does so, they will send a Notice CP508C to the Taxpayer notifying the taxpayer of the action and what they can do to resolve the issue.  It is important to address the issue promptly as taking care of the issue and reversing the certification can take several weeks or months.

What Can a Taxpayer Do to Reverse the Certification?

Some actions that can be taken to get the action reversed temporarily or permanently include:

  • Satisfy the tax debt or reduce it below the seriously delinquent amount.
  • Enter into an Installment Agreement to pay back the IRS over time.
  • Get an Offer-In-Compromise accepted to eliminate the debt.
  • Collection is suspended due to the request of Innocent Spouse Relief.
  • The Taxpayer makes a timely request for a CDP Hearing.
  • The certification and/or tax debt is in error.

Do You Need Help?

If you have had your passport revoked, are unable to get it renewed, or have any other IRS issue, I can help you work through the problem and get back on track.   Please give me a call at (972) 821-1991 or email me at [email protected].



Bob Jablonsky is the founder of Bob Jablonsky & Associates. He has spent his career helping taxpayers resolve tax issues and get back on track with the IRS. In addition to tax resolution his firm also prepares hundreds of tax returns every year for both individuals and small to mid-sized businesses.

Bob is an IRS Enrolled Agent (EA), which is an elite credential issued by the Internal Revenue Service to professionals who demonstrate special competence in federal tax planning, individual and business tax return preparation, and representation matters. An Enrolled Agent license is the highest credential awarded by the IRS and is recognized across all 50 states. Additionally he is a CMA, or Certified Management Accountant, a designation for financial controllers and CFOs (Chief Financial Officers), as well as an Advanced Certified Quickbooks Pro Advisor.

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