Congress Debates Imprisoning Taxpayers Who Owe the IRS Within Our Borders
Fucking lawmakers, always trying to sneak in legislation in other legislation:
Senate Bill 1813 was introduced back in November by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Los Angeles) to “reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes” .
After clearing the Senate on a 74 – 22 vote on March 14, SB 1813 is now headed for a vote in the House of Representatives, where it’s expected to encounter stiffer opposition among the GOP majority.
In addition to authorizing appropriations for federal transportation and infrastructure programs, the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” or “MAP-21″ includes a provision that would allow for the “revocation or denial” of a passport for anyone with “certain unpaid taxes” or “tax delinquencies”.
Section 40304 of the legislation states that any individual who owes more than $50,000 to the Internal Revenue Service may be subject to “action with respect to denial, revocation, or limitation of a passport”.
"Moving Ahead for Progress" huh? Perhaps someone should have named that "New and Not Improved Credit Agreements With the Chinese That Need to Be Paid."
Here's the thing... the IRS can already do this if you owe a ton of money (let them define "a ton" for you, it's obviously relative) and the GAO recommended this a year ago in their Potential for Using Passport Issuance to Increase Collection of Unpaid Taxes report. The State Department issues passports, obviously, and can deny you one if you owe excessive child support or have outstanding warrants but as is, the IRS can only intervene through federal criminal tax fraud proceedings.
Are you with me now? No? OK then... ask yourself why the IRS can fine you if you provide incorrect information on a passport application.
NOW are you with me?
It's OK if you're not... you'll figure it out when they start enforcing our borders again. Except this time, it won't be to keep immigrants OUT.