Pay Your Taxes Or The IRS May Stamp Your Passport Null & Void

This post may contain affiliate links; please read our advertiser disclosure for more information.

IRS Restricting Passports For People With Large Tax Bills

Do you hate filing taxes? Do you drag your feet each year?  Be sure to get them in on time this year otherwise the IRS may hold your passport hostage until your debt is paid.  This is an action the IRS has rolled out over the last year for those with large tax bills. They are focusing on people with tax bills of $52,000 and over for the time being.

RELATED: How To Get A Same Day Passport

New Steps Taken By The IRS

If you have not contacted the IRS to work out a payment plan or paid your tax bill in full then they are required to report large debts to the U.S. State Department.  This was a law enacted in 2015 but the IRS & State Department have just started confiscating passports over the last year or so.

To reinstate your passport you must pay back the taxes including penalties or at least have a payment plan set up with the IRS. Once that is done the government has 30 days to reinstate your passport.


I am honestly surprised they weren’t doing this already.  Even if it was just out of fear of people leaving the country to avoid their large debts. This could be the final nail in the coffin for someone who does business internationally etc. It sounds like the IRS will work with you and figure out payment terms if that is necessary.  If you have a large tax bill and need to be able to travel in order to earn the money needed to pay your debts then be sure to contact the IRS.  Dodging them does not seem to be an option any longer.

Hat Tip: WSET


Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

More Like This


Responses are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


  • MtM recommended tool to track & organize credit cards
  • Best card offers personalized for you
  • Track bonus deadlines, fee dates & 5/24 status
  • Full Travel Freely overview

Free Sign-Up

moomoo - 2 Free Stocks!

Brokerage app moomoo is offering 2 Free Stocks! Just open an account and fund with $500 to get your stocks! Super easy.
Grab your 2 free stocks now!

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join thousands of MtM readers who are subscribed to receive a once daily email with all of our posts. Never miss out!

You have Successfully Subscribed!