U.S. Congress giving IRS authority to rescind passports to prevent citizens from leaving the country

November 29, 2015


Submitted by:  Veronica Coffin

Written by:  L.J. Devon



Taking money from people is called theft, but to the US government, it’s called raising revenue. The 16th Amendment of the US Constitution, passed in 1909 and ratified in 1913, granted Congress sweeping new powers to take the fruits of the people’s labor. America now operates on a system of taking, where the most successful politicians are the ones who convince the masses to give up the fruits of their labor for new government programs.

Americans supposedly live in the land of the free, but the bald eagle soaring high is now just a facade, because Americans are trapped in a birdcage. This is especially true now that Congress is granting the IRS the authority to rescind personal passports to keep citizens confined in the country. People from anywhere in the world are free to cross the border and come in, but many Americans might be targeted, fined, and now restricted from leaving the country, because the IRS has the power to ruin their lives.

That’s right: the Internal Revenue Service will soon be prohibiting people from traveling as free human beings. If an individual is unable or unwilling to pay the amount of money the IRS has determined to take from them, then that individual may not be allowed to travel outside the U.S. This measure has been passed by Congress as part of the highway bill. The bill is intended to force individuals to pay their “seriously delinquent tax debts.”

Restricting travel: the IRS really wants Americans to feel intimidated

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the bill, which is expected to raise an additional $388 million in revenue over the next decade. Hilariously, this new power-trip granted to the IRS will only cover .1% of the revenue needed for the new highway expenditures that Congress has pledged to fund. This is the third time Congress has tried to sneak this travel restriction provision into the highway funding bill. The amount of revenue collected by restricting travelers until they pay up will only scratch the surface of what is needed to fund the highway bill.

Obviously, this new power granted to the IRS is really just a way to show the American people who is in control. If the IRS says you owe $50,000 or more to their coffers, then you won’t be able to travel outside the US. It’s all about control, as the IRS tests the will of the people.

The new bill allows the IRS to communicate with the State Department, which will be tasked with revoking citizen’s passports. Many Americans won’t be fazed by the law, but it would affect roughly 8 million Americans who live abroad and rely on their passports for travel in and out of the country.

The tax code is so complicated that it makes it easy for IRS agents to catch people making mistakes. Individuals who make a mistake reporting a foreign account are immediately fined $10,000 that year and $10,000 more for every year they cannot afford to pay the fine. The IRS can even bill someone $10,000 a month after the agency has notified the individual of their accounting issues. The fines add up quickly and can be crushing. It doesn’t take long for the IRS to dock a person $50,000 or more in fines and interest.

Now this “debt” could restrict people from traveling to other countries. The US is literally being turned into a prison, and the IRS is becoming the guard, extorting money from the people they target. If the bill is signed by Obama, the law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

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