Topic: IRS and Passports – Alert!!

IRS action affecting passports

The Fixing America’s Service Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, enacted by Congress and signed into law on December 4, 2015, requires the Internal Revenue Service to notify the State Department of taxpayers certified as owing a seriously delinquent tax debt.

Seriously delinquent tax debt means an unpaid, legally enforceable federal tax debt of an individual totaling more than $51,000 (including penalties and interest) for which a Notice of Federal Tax lien has been filed and all administrative remedies under IRC § 6320 have lapsed or been exhausted, or a levy has been issued.

If you are individually liable for tax debt (including penalties and interest) totaling more than $51,000 and you do not pay the amount you owe or make alternate arrangements to pay, the IRS may notify the State Department that your tax debt is seriously delinquent.

The State department generally will not issue or renew, and may revoke, your passport after being notified of your seriously delinquent tax debt. For additional information on passport certification visit

(IRS Publication 594 and (TTT 09/01/20)