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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
IRS Begins Revoking Passports of Americans Owing Back Taxes
The following article appeared in the New American on July 9th
“That which is not just, is not Law; and that which is not Law, ought not to
By Algernon Sidney
Not only does the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have the power to seize your property, put liens
on your property, and criminally prosecute you for your failure to “consent” to
the federal tax on your income, it now has the authority to approve your travel
outside of the United States.
Outright theft, legalized by the DemoPublican Uniparty
Three years ago, the
Republican-controlled Congress gave power to the IRS to revoke passports; it
seems the agency is beginning to exercise that unconstitutional authority.
Although it was given this weapon three years ago, it has only recently begun
to wield it widely, blocking Americans from obtaining a passport, or revoking
those already in the hands of those to be kept from leaving the country.
The IRS reports that
362,000 Americans with “seriously delinquent” tax bills will be refused
passports or passport renewals if they do not pay the money they owe, according
to a report in theWall Street Journal.
As for how delinquent
is “seriously delinquent,” the authorizing legislation indicates that any debt
over $51,000 will trigger the rejection.
Writing in Townhall,
former Congressman Bob Barr (R-Ga.) reports on the IRS’s imminent crackdown on
“Now, the Internal
Revenue Service, arguably the most powerful of all federal agencies — with
a demonstrated history of abusing its power — can strip away a treasured
constitutional right from whomever it chooses, as long as the agency claims the
particular taxpayer owes it the requisite amount of money,” Barr explains.
purportedly endowing the IRS with such expansive power was buried deep within a
bill — a “multi-hundred-page piece of legislation,” as Barr describes it —
ostensibly providing for improvements in infrastructure called the “Fixing
America’s Surface Transportation Act.”
Here’s how the
Republicans in Congress managed to disguise the disgusting transfer of power
over travel to the tax collection agency, according to Barr’s article:
Even if an astute student of the modern legislative process was on the
lookout for such a provision as this, he or she would be hard-pressed to find
it. The tool given to the IRS with which to pressure taxpayers into giving
Uncle Sam his due, is found in the 32nd Title of the massive 2015
transportation infrastructure bill; it is simply an “Offset.” In other words,
the IRS now can direct that the State Department refuse to issue a passport to
an applicant, or to revoke one already issued, simply because that citizen owes
some back taxes. The federal government can now “lawfully” do this because the
Congress, in its zeal to implement thousands of pet transportation projects,
needed to conjure “offsets” to help pay for them.
The long and short of
it is if you owe money to the IRS — or if the IRS says you owe them money,
regardless of whether you do or not — the agency can direct the U.S. State
Department (the federal agency that issues passports) to revoke your current
passport. If you don’t have a passport, the IRS will direct the State
Department to reject your application, should you be suspected of being in
arrears on your federal taxes.
Don’t worry, though,
if you owe back taxes and you’re currently traveling abroad. The State
Department will extend to such sojourners a “a limited passport good for a
direct return to the United States,” Time magazine reports.
without a passport, an American cannot travel outside the United States. The
right to restrict travel is not found among the enumerated powers granted by
the states to the federal government in the Constitution.
Yes, there are those
who argue that the section of the Constitution dealing with slave importation
was meant to apply to immigration as well (the record of the debates of the
Constitutional Convention of 1787 makes it very clear that such was not the
case), but immigration and emigration are not the same thing and power to
forbid the latter can’t even be located in some dusty penumbra of the letter of
Perhaps the most
galling aspect of the scheme is that it was a bipartisan betrayal. The GOP
pushed the perfidious legislation through Congress and a Democratic president
signed it into law.
This denial of basic
liberty is yet another demonstration of the fraudulent portrayal by the
establishment of a party in power and the loyal opposition. There is one party
in power, and that is the party of the establishment, people who personally
profit from the perpetuation of the control exercised by the ruling class.(my emphasis)