Pursuant to a law passed by Congress in 2015 Americans can not obtain or renew a passport if they owe taxes in excess of $ 51,000.00. The State Department is currently denying applications, and not revoking previously issued passports. Therefore, if your tax debt exceeds $ 51,000.00, you may travel abroad, but not renew the passport.
There are a few exceptions to this penalty. You are excepted if you are paying off tax debt in an installment payment plan approved by the IRS. You are also excepted if you are a debtor in a bankruptcy case. In addition, the State Department can make exceptions for emergency and humanitarian reasons so that citizens can return to the U.S. from overseas.
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