More than a year ago, Congress gave the IRS a new weapon to collect taxes. Tax code Section 7345 is labeled, “Revocation or Denial of Passport in Case of Certain Tax Delinquencies.” The idea of the law is to use travel as a way to enforce tax collections. It was proposed and rejected in 2012. But by late 2015, Congress passed it and President Obama signed it. If you have seriously delinquent tax debt, the IRS will now notify the State Department and State will not issue or renew the associated passport. The IRS says certifications will begin in early 2017.
While we in the United States are in dire need of radical reform of our tax system, those who owe taxes under the system we all much adhere to should be held accountable for their delinquencies. The revocation of passports and visas is an acceptable action for scofflaws.
That said, it is time to trash the income tax system for either a consumption tax or a flat tax. Both systems, if structured correctly, would glean more revenue for the federal government, treat every income level more fairly, simplify tax payments and put the spendthrifts of the federal government on an allowance (read: budget).
The catch here is that we have to rely on the spendthrifts; the spending addicts, to reform the system. It is a kin to putting heroin addicts in charge of the anti-drug movement. The only way we will achieve meaningful and radical tax reform is if we - all of us - stay on our electeds about it with a constant head thumping until they are moved to execute the reforms needed.