If you’re behind on you’re taxes and planning a trip abroad, you might be out of luck.
A provision in the highway bill, which is currently being reconciled by the conference committee, will allow the Department of State to nullify passports of those owing $50,000 or more in federal taxes, interest and penalties.
In the, err, highway bill?
Lawmakers are in the final stages of negotiation over a bill to provide funding for U.S. highways and transit programs. One provision in it would let the federal government revoke, deny or limit a U.S. citizen’s passport if the person owes more than $50,000 in “seriously delinquent tax debt,” including penalties and interest.
I’m not actually sure that that’s legal under international law.
But I think I can hear the sound of sweaty frotting from Downham Market. Possibly even some fist typing at the thought that he didn’t think of such a repressive measure first. Adter all, you only have your freedom as long as you’ve paid your taxes, don’t you?