Congress Wants To Seize Your Passport For Unpaid Taxes

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Submitted by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

Sometimes you just have to stand in awe at the level of corruption and incompetence in government.

Case in point, the new highway bill in the Land of the Free. And, trust me, you’ll love this.

The latest version of the highway bill is called the “Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act.”

And yes, they abbreviate it as the DRIVE Act.

I cannot even begin to imagine how large the team of monkeys is that works on these silly acronyms. And as is typical for legislation, the more high sounding the name of the law, the more destructive its consequences.

On the surface, the DRIVE Act aims to fund the federal transportation network and investments in highway infrastructure for the next several years, as well as recapitalize the Highway Trust Fund.

Federal trust funds are supposed to responsibly and conservatively manage money that has been set aside for a specific purpose to benefit taxpayers.

There are so many of these trust funds. There are the big ones like Social Security’s “Old Age Survivor’s Insurance” and “Disability Insurance” (which is literally days away from running out of money).

And there are many more you’ve probably never heard about, like the “Black Lung” trust fund and the “Leaking Underground Storage Tank” trust fund.

Most of these funds are insolvent, or at least pitifully undercapitalized, clearly proving the government to be one of the worst asset managers in history.

The Highway Trust Fund is no exception: it has completely run out of money, and at this point literally has a ZERO account balance. The DRIVE Act intends to fix that.

And even though it has nothing to do with funding highways, the bill also aims to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank.

The Ex-Im Bank was created during the Great Depression and is designed to facilitate trade. That’s code for ‘boost the profits of Boeing and General Electric.’

Even the government’s own Congressional Research Service found that “more than 60% of Ex-Im Bank’s loan guarantees, by dollar value, supported the sale of Boeing airplanes in foreign countries”.

Ex-Im is essentially a gift on a golden platter from the taxpayers of the United States to a handful of mega-companies.

The Bank’s charter lapsed earlier this year. But rather than let it die, they’re jumpstarting Ex-Im with even more taxpayer money.

Clearly the government needs cash. They need to fund Ex-Im, the Highway Trust Fund, and all the improvements for America’s dilapidated infrastructure.

And their solutions to address this cash crunch are nothing short of remarkable.

For example, they plan to steal $300 million from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank trust fund (LUST… yes, that’s really what they call it), and transfer that money to the Highway Fund.

The only problem is that LUST is insolvent. So they’re stealing from one insolvent trust to fund another insolvent trust. It’s genius!

One of my favorite sections in the bill is a directive to sell off 100+ million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Only a politician could think to sell off oil supplies at a time when oil price is at multi-year lows.

(It also really gives you a sense of how broke the government really is that they’re driven raise cash by selling off strategic assets.)

Another gem buried in the 864 pages of the bill is a provision that allows the government to revoke your passport if they believe that you owe more than $50,000 in federal tax.

There will be no judicial review, and no due process. You don’t get to go in front of a judge first to have a fair and impartial hearing over whether or not the government’s tax allegations are accurate.

The language in the law is very clear: they can simply revoke your passport if you owe them money in their sole discretion.

Once the law is passed, this would go into effect on January 1, 2016, and they claim it will generate $40 million per year in tax revenue.

There was one more provision that proposed raising revenue from the biggest banks in America by reducing the dividend they receive from the Federal Reserve.

Curiously, though, this specific provision was defeated yesterday after a heated committee meeting in Congress.

So while the banks’ profits are off-limits, and the government will spend billions of taxpayer dollars to boost profits at Boeing, American citizens are threatened with having their passports revoked in order to raise money.

It couldn’t be any more obvious how much the system is stacked against the little guy.

They treat you like a dairy cow that exists only to be milked dry… like a medieval serf tied to the land and forced to serve his overlords.

It’s revolting. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

You can take sensible, rational steps to divorce yourself from this madness, or at least have a Plan B to protect yourself from it.

If the government is threatening to take away your passport, for example, there are countless ways you can obtain another one from a country that will roll out the red carpet for you.

If you’re sick and tired of having your income confiscated so that you can bail out big companies, there are completely legal steps you can take to reduce what you owe.

It’s hard to imagine you’ll be worse off being more free and having more control over your life and finances.

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Hannibal's picture
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ZerOhead's picture

"Let my tax cattle go..."

~ Moses to Pharoah @1350 B.C.

SWRichmond's picture

Ex-Im is essentially a gift on a golden platter from the taxpayers of the United States to a handful of mega-companies.

It also helps support the dollar by making our trade imbalances not look quite so bad.  "Look, we actually manufacture and export something!"

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Maybe you are think this is beginning of capital control, but really, this is country of devalued citizenship where now must population and emmigration control. How might have fallen... and so fast!

Stuck on Zero's picture

If you;re a flight risk because you haven't paid your taxes then the government will take your passport so you can't come back. Does that make sense?

NidStyles's picture

Why is anyone surprised. They aren't going to let you go if you are flight risk. Especially if they want to use the IRS how it was originally intended, as a means to imprison you. 

 

Real men don't need a passport ot leave the country, they simply keep walking North or hop on a boat and never return.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Q to American goyim...

Did you honestly not notice the Star of David on the front cover of your passport?

Consider it a cattle brand by your owners and masters.

Same as it ever was.

Right, lesson's over... back to grazing and waiting for your time to be called to the slaughter-house.

asdasmos's picture

Posted Elsewhere:

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1) The taxes are not worth the value being returned.

I don't have a problem paying taxes, so long as they go to something worthwhile. I will end up paying around 33% - an entire 1/3rd of my income - in my 2013 tax return. Yes, I am getting a refund, but when I am paying tens of thousands of dollars and not getting the services I should receive for that investment in my country, celebrating the return of a few hundred dollars seems absurd.

Where is my benefit from my government for all of this? Do I have free healthcare? No. Do I have a world class education for my child? No. Do I have any kind of guaranteed income should I lose my job? No.

No, instead, I have a country which is the only one in the world to tax its overseas citizens. A country that bails out banks who prey on those who just want a home to raise a family when they become insolvent - but when it happens to me, and I short sell my home, the IRS is there, ready to tax me on "phantom income" - forgiven debt.

I have a country that spends billions on fighting wars for political gain, but does nothing when there actually is evidence of WMD use against others. A country that hemorrhages so much money on military spending, it must turn around and take loans against my child's future - her income - in order to continue to pay for programs we don't need.

2) I'm tired of people being surprised that I'm American because I have manners, common courtesy, and the ability to see the other side of issues.

Seriously, the number of people I meet who think Americans are rascal-riding land whales (like in the movie Wall-E) with handle-bar mounted machine guns, a sack of Big Macs in the front basket, a clinical addiction to NASCAR, and a passion for the modern day artist that is Jerry Springer - it's just too much. I've been introducing myself as Canadian because apparently I'm so polite, that's where they mostly assume I'm from.

3) The fact that none of this is ever going to change, regardless of what party is in charge, and the fact that the American government continues to shred the constitution a little more each year, until it doesn't even matter anymore.

You may not think of America as a police state, but it is. Nobody's going to come grab you in the middle of the night, unless you're reported as a terrorist of some kind. At that point, just forget about "police work" and get ready for the SWAT team.

Nobody is going to take your children way from you, unless Child Protective Services is called, and someone decides - for whatever reason - that it's "in the child's best interest" to be removed.

Nobody is ever going to interfere with your access to medicine, unless you're trying to get something that isn't ridiculously expensive from another country; in that case, get ready for being charged as a drug trafficker.

Nobody is going to freeze your bank accounts, passport, and other means of movement, unless the IRS believes you haven't given them enough money. Suddenly you have debt to prove isn't there, and it will all get "sorted out" at the blistering fast speed of government efficiency. Or you could just pay the amount they say and it all ends quickly.

4) The fact that the future for my child in the US is so dark.

All this debt, and it's going to fall on her and her children. She's broke, and she doesn't even know it yet. Disgusting.

Well, I count myself fortunate that I don't own a home in the US - it affords me the ability to even consider leaving it all behind. There's so much propaganda about how wonderful America is but, when you look at it without those rosy lenses on, what you really see is horrifying.

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Turin Turambar's picture

Here's your problem:

"I don't have a problem paying taxes..."

Taxation is theft.  Just because the robber tells you that he's going to do something for you after stealing your money doesn't make it okay.  SMH

BarkingCat's picture

As someone who has come in contact with Canadians more than once, I can tell you that those from British Columbia are much bigger assholes than even New Yorkers... and that is a very high achievement.

 

They come to Washington state quite a lot. They also travel from Bellignham Washington instead of their local Canadian airport because it is much cheaper.

One one such occasion I was so sick of their rudeness that I myself physically shoved one out of the way.  The jerk walk right in front of me.

I will day that while visiting Toronto and Montreal areas my experience with Canadians was very pleasant. British Columbia must contain the "special" Canadians.

BarkingCat's picture

As someone who has come in contact with Canadians more than once, I can tell you that those from British Columbia are much bigger assholes than even New Yorkers... and that is a very high achievement.

 

They come to Washington state quite a lot. They also travel from Bellignham Washington instead of their local Canadian airport because it is much cheaper.

One one such occasion I was so sick of their rudeness that I myself physically shoved one out of the way.  The jerk walk right in front of me.

I will day that while visiting Toronto and Montreal areas my experience with Canadians was very pleasant. British Columbia must contain the "special" Canadians.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

you gotta fight... for your right... to... er... ummm... pay tax so it may be misused.

It's about the only right still remaining.

ATM's picture

Who decides if you "haven't paid your taxes"? Anyone and everyone may well have paid their taxes as best anyone can discern, even the IRS.

But the tax code is such an utter cluster fuck no one can possibly know for sure whether or not they have paid the proper amount of taxes, including and especially the dumb fucks in government. 

Pre-emptively violating a persons rights without due process is called despotism.

Cheduba's picture

What's even better is the fact that the law lists a dollar amount in taxes owed, not adjusting for inflation.  So, once the Federal Reserve paradrops millions of dollars in our accounts, we will ALL owe $50k in taxes we can't pay and buh bye American passports.

This is just like how Social Security taxes were only supposed to hit the "rich", but $35k, for example, was a LOT more money in the 30's than it is now.

Urban Redneck's picture

In this case we only have to read the bill in order to find out what's in it... 

 

SECTION SEVEN THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED FORTY FIVE. REVOCATION OR DENIAL OF PASSPORT IN CASE OF CERTAIN TAX DELINQUENCIES.

“(a) In General.—If the Secretary receives certification by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue that any individual has a seriously delinquent tax debt in an amount in excess of $50,000, the Secretary shall transmit such certification to the Secretary of State for action with respect to denial, revocation, or limitation of a passport pursuant to section 52102(d) of the Transportation Funding Act of 2015.

“(b) Seriously Delinquent Tax Debt.—For purposes of this section, the term seriously delinquent tax debt means an outstanding debt under this title for which a notice of lien has been filed in public records pursuant to section 6323 or a notice of levy has been filed pursuant to section 6331, except that such term does not include—

“(1) a debt that is being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement under section 6159 or 7122, and

“(2) a debt with respect to which collection is suspended because a collection due process hearing under section 6330, or relief under subsection (b), (c), or (f) of section 6015, is requested or pending.

“(c) Adjustment For Inflation.—In the case of a calendar year beginning after 2016, the dollar amount in subsection (a) shall be increased by an amount equal to—

“(1) such dollar amount, multiplied by

“(2) the cost-of-living adjustment determined under section 1(f)(3) for the calendar year, determined by substituting calendar year 2015 for calendar year 1992 in subparagraph (B) thereof.

If any amount as adjusted under the preceding sentence is not a multiple of $1,000, such amount shall be rounded to the next highest multiple of $1,000.”.

(b) Clerical Amendment.—The table of sections for subchapter D of chapter 75 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

Cheduba's picture

Awesome!  So, they will adjust the cap upwards by the 0.1% CPI cost of living adjustment while real inflation rages at somewhere between 8 and 1,000 percent.

gladius17's picture
gladius17 (not verified) Urban Redneck Nov 21, 2015 10:55 PM

Let them take my passport. I don't care. I'm not leaving this country until all of the fascists are dead and (optionally) buried. And then I will take a vacation on my new-to-me previously-owned $40 million yacht. When things get back enough, there are plenty of places for me to hide until Russia and China finish nuking the elites' underground hidey holes into glowing craters. I come out a winner and these scheming and plotting imbeciles lose, no matter how things go down.

Salsa Verde's picture

Rigging elections
Insider trading
political assassinations
Blatant bribery
Refusing to enforce laws
introducing laws by way of order

And on and on...

This isn't despotism, this is ruling by edict.  Government is GOD now and the staff view themselves as nobles.

JRobby's picture

Actually, if you are in any of a number of Federal Databases that feed into the Federal Payments Intercept Database

detached.amusement's picture

point taken about moses, but there's simply no evidence Israelites were ever present in the old egyptian records.  (=just another jewish invention)

ZerOhead's picture

Correct.

600,000 were said to have left but since they only counted men that means around 2 million actually left. Since the entire populatin of Egypt at that time was barely 4 million (yes they had great records of everything back then) you might expect a footnote of sorts in Egyptian history...

Instead there is none.

Also no evidence of 2 million jews spending 40 years in the Sinai desert. Perhaps they were very tidy.

gladius17's picture
gladius17 (not verified) ZerOhead Nov 21, 2015 11:04 PM

"Since the entire populatin of Egypt at that time was barely 4 million (yes they had great records of everything back then) you might expect a footnote of sorts in Egyptian history"

Would I?

How many ancient rulers do you know of who would be anxious to record all the details of their military defeat by a group of slaves?

And do we possess every single record of everything that ever existed in the land of Egypt?

"Also no evidence of 2 million jews spending 40 years in the Sinai desert. Perhaps they were very tidy."

So because nobody has yet found the archaelogical evidence in 2015, then it certainly doesn't exist? Today we have already found every significant archaelogical site in the entire world and nothing new is being discovered?

The books of Moses have been passed down for thousands of years. So all 600,000 or (millions) of Jews all simultaneously decided to participate in this great fiction, and even created a holiday (Passover) out of thin air to celebrate it? Moses was a liar and fabricator who made the whole thing up, and all the Jews decided to let him lead them anyway because they thought it would be great fun to participate in this work of fiction?

gladius17's picture

"but there's simply no evidence"

Other than the Bible of course, which has been passed down for thousands of years before what you call "history" was even invented. But yeah, no evidence at all.

Rakshas's picture

very correct...... history books never lie .... LHO did Kennedy my book tolds me so ...... :)

 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I sure hope that Simon is not having his US Passport seized.

But then he can afford the best CPA's, to legally avoid paying taxes, by remaining offshore and -- better still -- traveling so much, that no single country can claim that he is their Tax Resident.  If he is a Resident for tax purposes in country X, then you can be sure that he pays zero tax there also, as the Foreign Income is tax free.  What a cool way to legally avoid paying taxes.

JRobby's picture

"Another gem buried in the 864 pages of the bill is a provision that allows the government to revoke your passport if they believe that you owe more than $50,000 in federal tax."

 

$50,000! Why so high? Make it $500. Oh, you have a case pending? Stay here while you wait for it to come up on the docket.

auntiesocial's picture

The first passport we are seizing is from Turbo Tax Timmy...

Bananamerican's picture

there are countless ways you can obtain another one (passport)

actually that article lists 4...One of them is "declare yourself a Jew and move to Israel"

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

What if you are feel very strong that you are black lesbian woman inside?

zhandax's picture

Even better, being considered Jewish is dependent on your mother being Jewish.  Bye-Bye Y-DNA testing.  I would love to hear how this one shakes out.

ZerOhead's picture

That could bite the 75% of them that are eurasian Ashkenazi Khazars hard in the butt...

BarkingCat's picture

Stop spreading this bullshit. Unless you have been so blinded by your exposure to multiculturalism that you cannot discern the differences anymore, you can definitely tell most of the Jews.

Yes their bloodline has been watered down in many instances, but for most the facial features still remain.

 

Are you going to seriously tell us that when you look at someone like Chuck Schumer, you cannot tell he is Jewish???

Let me give you a little hit. Imagine a Yarmulke on top of his head. Does it look like it belongs there? If it does, you subconscious has made the connection.

Or.... maybe if you're raised in a completely multicultural society you cannot distinguish anymore. Trust me that most Europeans can, just as they can the difference between a German and someone French,.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Not if they just do a Quick Test:

Measure the eye separation (IPD / Inter-Pupillary Distance) and nose curvature. The combo is then put into a fuzzy logic LUT, and -presto!- they determine if you're a Tribesman or not.

The thing about a lot of Russian Israelis, is that they do not 'look' Jewish at all. Perhaps this troubles some orthodox rabbis.

August's picture

The Israeli passport option is not very easy for a non-Jew to obtain through conversion.   I certainly don't know anyone who's done this, but I read that significant time and effort is required (study, synagogue attendance etc.).

I suppose the thing to do is shop around for a rabbi who needs some extra cash, and is not too picky about who he adds to the flock.

kappal_toba_dhurr_ne_thook's picture

Actually it is not that difficult. You can move to Israel under a work or study visa, then attend religious classes in an ORTHODOX synagogue.  Then you can convert and immiediately be given Israeli citizenhsip.  I know one Indian who did this, but he wanted to live in Israel so it worked out just fine.  Many, usually Europeans and Americanos, do this.  But it does take time and not a good choice if all you want is a passport.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

And why the fuck would any sane-minded individual wish to place themself in the belly of the beast?

I'd rather slam my cock in a cash register... once every 5 seconds for eternity.

NidStyles's picture

Israeli passport holders do not need visas to go anywhere. They are the only group that is allowed to freely travel anywhere in the world they want without restriction. 

 

 

Remember goyim, they are the chosen ones. Just ask them, and it's true because they say it is. That is why they are chosen ones...

 

Yes, that is the circular logic I have actually heard from them.  

JLee2027's picture

""According to Israeli law, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen and Iran are enemy countries and an Israeli citizen may not visit them without a special permit issued by the Israeli minister of the interior. ""

Israeli citizens need a VISA to visit the United States.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_Israeli_citizens

Is Wikipedia wrong or were you just caught lying your ass off?

BarkingCat's picture

Complete bullshit. I mean holy fuck!!! Do you even check before you write such shit????/

A quick search for "China visa for Israel passport" shows that Israelli citizens need a visa to visit China.

Another quick search gave me the same result for India.

 

I then checked some of the EU countries. None of them required a Visa, but Israel does not require a visa from their citizens either. That is a visa free travel both way,.

SILVERGEDDON's picture

Time for the American People to enact the IMPACT Act.

Idiot Motherfuckers Punched As Congress Traitors

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Amerikansky is really struggle with false compulsion to create acronymn that is spell real world. Result is not alway so pretty and is betray cognitive struggle to form.

BKbroiler's picture

BTFD

Bureau of Taxes, Fraud, and general Douchebaggery.

Larry Dallas's picture

Gee. I can't wait to see a member of the armed forces and thank them for my "freedom"... 

I don't feel any more free than I did on September 12, 2001. 

You got maimed. For. Nothing. 

Lumberjack's picture

Most of them are aware of that...

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

And yet they queue for more?

There's a word for that... and it's certainly not 'intelligent'

vq1's picture

Exact text below:

"SEC. 7345. REVOCATION OR DENIAL OF PASSPORT IN CASE OF CERTAIN TAX DELINQUENCIES.

If the Secretary receives certification by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue that any individual has a seriously delinquent tax debt in an amount in excess of $50,000, the Secretary shall transmit such certification to the Secretary of State for action with respect to denial, revocation, or limitation of a passport pursuant to section 52102(d) of the Transportation Funding Act of 2015."


Link


https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/22/text#toc-HA2663D98EA1D4281958F6FB7872BFB85

TITLE XXXII—OFFSETS

Subtitle A—Tax Provisions