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Debtor Prison is coming back?


Posted on Apr 11, 2012

If you owe the government taxes, the new bill introduced to Congress might be important for you. The Senate Bill 1813 passed the Senate on March 14 and could allow the federal government to prevent Americans from leaving the country. The tax debt must be in excess of $50,000 to the IRS. If that is the case the State Department would be allowed to revoke, deny or limit your passport. The IRS must have filed a lien or levy against you, but this can be done quickly as the IRS does not have to go to court in order to put a lien on your property. If you have made arrangements to pay your debt and are current on your installment payments, you might be exempted from the provision. Some attorneys criticizes the provision as unconstitutional because it would allow the IRS to restrict your freedom through a simple determination by an IRS employee that you owe taxes. Considering the state of the economy for the last few years, there are many people who would be affected by the bill. Supporters if the bill say that people who owe more than $2,500 in child support cannot get a new passport either. Tax debt can be wiped out through bankruptcy if specific conditions are met.

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