Here is information from the Federal Register dates January 26, 2012. Note the penalties. If you are a permanent resident of Canada who has not become a Canadian citizen …
[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 17 (Thursday, January 26, 2012)] [Proposed Rules] [Pages 3964-3966] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2012-1567]
======================================================================= ----------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service 26 CFR Part 301 [REG-208274-86] RIN 1545-AJ93 Information Reporting by Passport Applicants AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Withdrawal of notice of proposed rulemaking; notice of proposed rulemaking. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- SUMMARY: This document contains proposed regulations that provide information reporting rules for certain passport applicants. These regulations do not provide information reporting rules for individuals applying to become permanent residents (green card holders). This document also withdraws the notice of proposed rulemaking (57 FR 61373) published in the Federal Register on December 24, 1992. DATES: Comments and requests for a public hearing must be received by April 25, 2012. ADDRESSES: Send submissions to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-208274-86), Room 5205, Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044. Submissions may be hand-delivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG- 208274-86), Courier's Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC, or sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov (IRS REG-208274-86). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Concerning the proposed regulations, Lynn Dayan or Quyen Huynh at (202) 622-3880; concerning submissions of comments and requests for public hearing, Oluwafunmilayo Taylor, (202) 622-7180 (not toll-free numbers). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Paperwork Reduction Act The collections of information contained in this notice of proposed rulemaking have been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507(d)) and, pending receipt and evaluation of public comments approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1545-1359. Comments on the collections of information should be sent to the Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for the Department of the Treasury, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Washington, DC 20503, with copies to the Internal Revenue Service, Attn: IRS Reports Clearance Officer, SE:W:CAR:MP:T:T:SP, Washington, DC 20224. Comments on the collection of information should be received by March 26, 2012. Comments are specifically requested concerning: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the duties of the Internal Revenue Service, including whether the information will have practical utility; The accuracy of the estimated burden associated with the proposed collection of information; How the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected may be enhanced; How the burden of complying with the proposed collection of information may be minimized, including through the application of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and Estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of service to provide information. The collection of information in these proposed regulation is in Sec. 301.6039E-1(b). The information is required to be provided by individuals who apply for a United States passport or a renewal of a United States passport. The information provided by passport applicants will be used by the IRS for tax compliance purposes. Estimated total annual reporting burden: 1,213,354 hours. Estimated average annual burden hours per respondent: four to ten minutes. Estimated number of respondents: 12,133,537. Estimated annual frequency of responses: one. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid control [[Page 3965]] number assigned by the Office of Management and Budget. Books or records relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and tax return information are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103. Background This document contains proposed amendments to 26 CFR part 301 under section 6039E of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 6039E provides rules concerning information reporting by U.S. passport and permanent resident applicants, and requires specified Federal agencies to provide certain information to the IRS. On December 24, 1992, the Treasury Department and the IRS published a notice of proposed rulemaking (REG-208274-86, 1993-1 CB 822) in the Federal Register (57 FR 61373) under section 6039E (the 1992 proposed regulations). The 1992 proposed regulations provided guidance for both passport and permanent resident applicants to comply with information reporting rules under section 6039E, and indicated the responsibilities of specified Federal agencies to provide certain information to the IRS. No requests were received to testify on the 1992 proposed regulations and, accordingly, no public hearing was held. One written comment letter responding to the 1992 proposed regulations was received, which recommended modifications to Form 9003, ``Additional Questions to be Completed by All Applicants for Permanent Residence in the United States.'' Because Form 9003 is no longer in use and these proposed regulations do not address information reporting rules for permanent resident applicants, the comment was not considered in drafting these regulations. The proposed regulations do not provide rules concerning information reporting by individuals applying to become permanent residents; therefore such individuals are not within the scope of the proposed regulations. The information required to be provided by passport applicants under section 6039E is collected on the U.S. passport application form submitted by such applicants to the Department of State. The proposed regulations also withdraw the 1992 proposed regulations. Explanation of Provisions The proposed regulations set forth rules concerning information reporting by passport applicants under section 6039E. Section 301.6039E-1(a) requires an individual applying for a U.S. passport (passport applicant), other than an individual who applies for an official passport, diplomatic passport or passport for use on other official U.S. government business, to provide certain information with his or her passport application. Section 301.6039E-1(b)(1) describes the required information to be provided by passport applicants: The applicant's full name and, if applicable, previous name; address of regular or principal place of residence within the country of residence and, if different, mailing address; taxpayer identifying number (TIN); and date of birth. Section 301.6039E-1(b)(2) provides that the required information must be submitted with the passport application, regardless of where the applicant resides at the time it is submitted. Section 301.6039E-1(c) provides guidance on the circumstances under which the IRS may impose a $500 penalty amount on any passport applicant who fails to provide the required information. Section 301.6039E-1 is proposed to be applicable to passport applications submitted after the date of publication of the Treasury decision adopting these rules as final regulations in the Federal Register. Special Analyses It has been determined that this notice of proposed rulemaking is not a significant regulatory action as defined in Executive Order 12866. Therefore, a regulatory assessment is not required. It also has been determined that section 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 5) does not apply to these regulations, and because the regulations do not impose a collection of information on small entities, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 6) does not apply. Pursuant to section 7805(f) of the Internal Revenue Code, this regulation has been submitted to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for comment on its impact on small business. Comments and Request for Public Hearing Before these proposed regulations are adopted as final regulations, consideration will be given to any comments that are submitted timely to the IRS as prescribed in this preamble under the ADDRESSES heading. The IRS and the Treasury Department request comments on all aspects of the proposed rules. All comments will be available for public inspection and copying. A public hearing will be scheduled if requested in writing by any person that timely submits written comments. If a public hearing is scheduled, notice of the date, time, and place for the public hearing will be published in the Federal Register. Drafting Information The principal author of these regulations is Quyen P. Huynh of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International). However, other personnel from the IRS and the Treasury Department participated in their development. List of Subjects in 26 CFR Part 301 Administrative practice and procedure, Alimony, Bankruptcy, Child support, Continental shelf, Courts, Crime, Employment taxes, Estate taxes, Excise taxes, Gift taxes, Income taxes, Investigations, Law enforcement, Oil pollution, Penalties, Pensions, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Seals and insignia, Statistics, Taxes. Withdrawal of Proposed Regulations Accordingly, under the authority of 26 U.S.C. 7805, the notice of proposed rulemaking (INTL-978-86; REG-208274-86) that was published in the Federal Register on December 24, 1992 (57 FR 61373) is withdrawn. Proposed Amendments to the Regulations Accordingly, 26 CFR part 301 is proposed to be amended as follows: PART 301--PROCEDURE AND ADMINISTRATION Paragraph 1. The authority citation for part 301 is amended by adding an entry in numerical order to read in part as follows: Authority: 26 U.S.C. 7805 * * * Section 301.6039E-1 also issued under 26 U.S.C. 6039E. Par. 2. Section 301.6039E-1 is added to read as follows: Sec. 301.6039E-1 Information reporting by passport applicants. (a) In general. Every individual who applies for a U.S. passport (passport applicant), other than an individual who applies for a U.S. passport for use in diplomatic, military, or other official U.S. government business, shall include with his or her passport application the [[Page 3966]] information described in paragraph (b) of this section. (b) Required information--(1) In general. The information required under paragraph (a) of this section shall include the following information: (i) The passport applicant's full name and, if applicable, previous name; (ii) Address of the passport applicant's regular or principal place of residence within the country of residence and, if different, mailing address; (iii) The passport applicant's taxpayer identifying number (TIN), if such a number has been issued to the passport applicant. A TIN means the individual's social security number (SSN) issued by the Social Security Administration. A passport applicant who does not have an SSN must enter zeros in the appropriate space on the passport application; and (iv) The passport applicant's date of birth. (2) Time for furnishing information. A passport applicant must provide the information required by this section at the time of submitting his or her passport application, whether by personal appearance or mail, to the Department of State (including United States Embassies and Consular posts abroad). (c) Penalties--(1) In general. If the information required by paragraph (b)(1) of this section is incomplete or incorrect, or the information is not timely filed, then the passport applicant shall be subject to a penalty equal to $500 per application. Before assessing a penalty under this section, the IRS will ordinarily provide to the passport applicant written notice of the potential assessment of the $500 penalty, requesting the information being sought, and offering the applicant an opportunity to explain why such information was not provided at the time the passport application was submitted. A passport applicant has 60 days (90 days if the notice is addressed to an applicant outside the United States) to respond to the notice. If, after considering all the surrounding circumstances, the passport applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Commissioner or his delegate that the failure is due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect, then the IRS will not assess the penalty. (2) Example. The following example illustrates the provisions of paragraph (c) this section. Example. C, a citizen of the United States, makes an error in supplying information on his passport application. Based on the nature of the error and C's timely response to correct the error after being contacted by the IRS, and considering all the surrounding circumstances, the Commissioner concludes that the mistake is due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect. Accordingly, no penalty is assessed. (d) Effective/applicability date. The rules of this section apply to passport applications submitted after the date of publication of the Treasury decision adopting these rules as final regulations in the Federal Register. Steven T. Miller, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement. [FR Doc. 2012-1567 Filed 1-25-12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830-01-P
Ooops – sorry for the duplication I see that there is already an post on this. But, have posted the actual text from the Federal Register.
This text baffles me. It seems to suggest that there will be a fine of $500 assessed by the IRS against any passport applicant who doesn’t provide their SSN. Am I missing something? It does seem to lead me to the conclusion that no one gets in or out of the United States without the permission of the IRS.
This is a most totalitarian measure; it reminds me of the movie Casablanca where everyone had to pay bribes to get exit papers. I still don’t understand how the Feds can get away with this. It seems a violation of the fundamental right of freedom of movement.
It’s good that you did because I posted in haste and saw the Federal Register later….so the “oops” should be mine. 🙂
Sure sounds like it to me (on all of your points).
This sure makes me glad I haven’t followed the direction of two border officials to get a US passport. I continue to maintain I am NOT a US citizen. Just hope I don’t have problems on my next trip to see my elderly mother.
It would seem the “sensible” approach to someone not providing all the information on a passport application is just not to issue a passport. But I suppose “sensible” is not a word one could use to describe US policy.
What possible use can it be to have a “penalty”? Maybe it’s supposed to catch people who are giving incorrect information in an attempt to obtain a passport fraudulently, but there have got to be better ways of dealing with it.
It seem the only way the US can deal with any behaviour it doesn’t like is either to declare war or levy fines on you.
Thank you for that. I have made an online submission to the Taxpayers Advocate at http://www.irs.gov/advocate/article/0,,id=103729,00.html “The role of Systemic Advocacy is evident in the TAS mission statement: “As an independent organization within the IRS, we help taxpayers resolve problems within the IRS and recommend changes that will prevent the problems.” This means we try to repair systemic flaws in the IRS and the tax code, which can cause trouble for taxpayers and IRS employees alike. What are systemic advocacy issues?
They always affect multiple taxpayers.
They are not individual taxpayer problems.
They affect segments of the taxpayer population, locally, regionally or nationally.
They relate to IRS systems, policies, and procedures.
They require study, analysis, administrative changes or legislative remedies.
They involve protecting taxpayer rights, reducing or preventing taxpayer burden, ensuring equitable treatment of taxpayers or providing essential services to taxpayers.
If you have information about one of these problems — a systemic issue that might affect a significant number of taxpayers and not an individual problem that pertains only to you — we’d like to hear about it. For example, if your family is suffering from economic hardship as the result of an unresolved federal tax dispute, you may be eligible for help from one of our case advocates. On the other hand, if you and several friends or business associates are all experiencing the same tax problem, you may have identified an issue for us to examine and resolve….”
Below is what I sent (restriction of aprox. 2000 characters):
[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 17 (Thursday, January 26, 2012)][Proposed Rules][Pages 3964-3966]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-1567]
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Internal Revenue Service
26 CFR Part 301
Information Reporting by Passport Applicants
AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.
ACTION: Withdrawal of notice of proposed rulemaking; notice of proposed rulemaking.
The collection of information in these proposed regulation is in Sec. 301.6039E-1(b). The information is required to be provided by individuals who apply for a United States passport or a renewal of a United States passport. The information provided by passport applicants
will be used by the IRS for tax compliance purposes…
“Permanent exile from the US if we decline to share information with the IRS as a condition of having a US passport – which the US border makes us produce – even if we actually are also citizens or permanent residents of another country? No travel for employers, or for education to the US unless we agree to this condition? Not to accompany non-US spouses, family members and friends to travel to or pass through the US? Non-US persons will be freer to travel in the US than we will as citizens.
We grapple with FBARs, forthcoming FATCA, and cost of compliance outside the US. Many do not owe any US tax, do not own any US property, and have no US source income. Condemned to make yet another disclosure to the IRS.
WE are NOT ‘hiding’ money ‘offshore’, NOT tax evaders,NOT criminals, but this newest initiative re passports, continues to treat all of us that way. Burden of proving innocence is being imposed on all of us unjustly – and now our travel is to be restricted unless we comply with additional IRS reporting – in the absence of any proof of a crime…
No name is required, and e-mail address is not to be passed on from the TAS.
Perhaps it is worth sending as many submissions as we can, and passing this on to newspapers and interested parties?
You can still get in or out of the US on an enhanced drivers license issues by a bunch of states and provinces. Is Canada now the new “West Berlin”.
@ Tim: The real question is if Mexico is the new South Berlin (i.e., a country to the south to which American will want to escape the IRS). When Ron Paul suggested that the wall along the Mexican border would be used to keep Americans in, I heard that the others just laughed at him.
Will an Enhanced Drivers License(EDL) protect me from U.S. border guards in terms of my place of birth questions? It seems like a much better option than using my CDN. passport which has my place of birth in the U.S. and often leads to problems e.g. you need to cross with a U.S. passport, which I haven’t had in 25 years.
To my understanding and reading online articles on the EDL, it looks as though it may be worse then a passport. You have to go through process and interviewing on your citizenship status, etc… to even get it. You also have to be born in Canada (or 1 of 4 Provinces that are currently issuing them) If they make us all use these within the next 10 years and those of us with just parents who are/were US Citizens we may be subject to further questioning then and reporting obligations once determined. Just seems like modern technology will eventually screw us all and make us all out to be criminals. So much for land of the free.
Casting about to understand more about US passport and IRS issue vis a vis the Federal Register item posted by @renounceuscitizenship, I came across these crumbs (caveat – not sure how to weigh the information). Too long to summarize, but worth reading in total :
Rubin on Tax, Thursday, January 26, 2012
REPORTING OF TAX INFORMATION WITH YOUR PASSPORT APPLICATION “….Proposed Regulations on what must be reported were issued in 1992, but never finalized. Treasury has now issued new proposed Regulations..”
U.S. Government Investigating Whether To Condition Passport Issuance On Payment of Taxes
By Paul Karl Lukacs | Saturday, April 16th, 2011 | Hong Kong
“..Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) asked the General Accountability Office, a Congressional auditing body, to investigate the current authority of the State Department to deny passports to citizens who have not paid U.S. taxes and to estimate the fiscal effects of current policy.
The resulting report, made public earlier this month and available here, is thoroughly unconvincing. It is euphoniously titled “Potential for Using Passport Issuance to Increase Collection of Unpaid Taxes,” and it is rife with unexamined assumptions, rhetoric substituting for analysis, and suspect methodology….”
@ bird and inanightmare
the EDL webpage gives a very detailed breakdown on what information is communicated to the US/CDN departments involved. I checked it out very carefully and the place of birth IS NOT communicated to the US Border Security Patrol. So it is the best alternative to using CDN passport with US birthplace. If one does not drive, there is the Enhanced Identity Card. There are 4 provinces who issue them. British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba. EICs are available in the provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba.