The biggest chunk of money is projected to come from a provision that would force people who inherit IRAs and other retirement plans to take required taxable distributions over five years. Under current law, they take those payments over a longer period that is linked to their life expectancy. The change is expected to generate $3.7 billion in revenue over 10 years.
Wyden’s proposal also would require the Secretary of State to revoke passports for delinquent taxpayers. Current law allows the State Department to refuse to issue or renew a passport if an applicant owes child support in excess of $2,500 or certain types of federal debts, but does not extend to tax delinquency.
Except for entry into the US, for dual citizens a bloody ineffective tool for the USG. As long you hold a good visa waiver passport, you’re good despite this jerk Senator’s assault on ex-pats.
The right to leave and return to one’s country is considered by many rights codes as a necessary and fundamental human freedom. Revocation of a passport reduces one’s mobility rights to a farce. In fact, passports make mobility rights a joke. It is a boiled frog approach. First tell people they need passports–which violates their mobility rights. Then tell them if they don’t pay their taxes the passport can be revoked.
A friend of mine became a Canadian citizen and had his mobility rights revoked for nearly a week. He was told that he couldn’t even apply for a passport for two business days, while they uploaded his information to the system–and then it takes another 24 hours. Unfortunately, it was the weekend. Needless to say, he wasn’t counting on this delay and had to cancel his travel plans.
@ brockers… well this takes me back to the 2012 highways bill-relevant section deleted at some point in the legislative process- which just goes to show that a good congressional C******f*** is never wasted-only recycled !!!
WTF purpose is this supposed to serve, anyway?
Does Wyden actually think people are using their passports to somehow avoid paying taxes?
Like by becoming international fugitives or something?
Show me the numbers. I smell BS.
Some people might not resist the temptation to join the millions of offshore tax evaders, aka everyday people living everyday lives in other countries.
Puhleeze, just cut right to the chase and actually make a lot of people a lot happier.
WHAT DO WE WANT?
We do not want passport revocation, WE WANT CITIZENSHIP REVOCATION!!!!!!
Throw us into THAT tar patch.
If you swear allegiance to HM QE II that should be it, no more blue book.
Vote in a “foreign” election, loose the blue book!!
The Supreme Court had it all wrong!!
It is a fundamental human right to not simply get rid of an unwanted nationality but it is a fundimental right to discard that nationality.
IF ANYTHING, you should have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it was your intent to keep it!!
It appears that for NOW, this is dead, (though like a zombie and other punitive issues that US politicians enact to pose special draconian jeopardy to those deemed US taxable, it is possible that it will get resurrected to haunt us again) see:
‘No passport revocation if you owe tax’
“ACA, Inc. is relieved that a planned proposal for revoking US passports for those who owed back taxes is no longer part of the “Highways Act of 2014.”
Read the July 21, 2014 letter that ACA, Inc. sent to the House and Senate committees:
Dead for now, but will it recur? The gravity of the punitive action if this type of legislation goes through is well stated by ACA: