IRS Passport Certifications - IRS People First Initiative



For many tax non-filers that are overseas there is a real concern that their passport will be revoked or they will not be able to renew it. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the IRS announced some relief by means of the "People First Initiative". Basically the IRS announced it will suspend new certifications to the Department of State for taxpayers who are "seriously delinquent" "during this period". Here is the quote from the IRS News Release:

Passport Certifications to the State Department – IRS will suspend new certifications to the Department of State for taxpayers who are "seriously delinquent" during this period. These taxpayers are encouraged to submit a request for an Installment Agreement or, if applicable, an OIC during this period. Certification prevents taxpayers from receiving or renewing passports.
So this is good news for non-filers that need their passports. But don't procrastinate about your tax issues. First of all, notice that this is a suspense of filing new certifications to the State Department, so existing certifications are still in place and if your passport was revoked or you are not able to renew it, that still applies.

The other point is the reference to "during this period." At the beginning of the news release it mentioned the following:

The IRS will be temporarily modifying the following activities as soon as possible; the projected start date will be April 1 and the effort will initially run through July 15.
So you may have a reprieve but it is just temporary. That reprieve is scheduled to end on July 15, 2020. So the time to act is now to keep from having your passport revoked or suspended. Additionally if your passport has already been revoked or suspended you have a more urgent need to act so your travel restrictions can be lifted. Either way you need to get into compliance with filing your tax returns now.

I work with clients all over the work to file tax returns. Contact me today to arrange an appointment to discuss your situation. In addition to filing tax returns for clients, I also help clients make arrangements with the IRS to satisfy their payment obligations. So if you have not filed because of fear or what you might owe, I can help you both to file your returns and negotiate payments arrangements for you with the IRS. Notice above the IRS recommends the following:

These taxpayers are encouraged to submit a request for an Installment Agreement or, if applicable, an OIC during this period.
It is possible that you qualify for one of these payments arrangements but the only way to find out is to first file your delinquent tax returns. Also, if you are delinquent in making your tax payments I can help you make arrangements for these with the IRS.

So contact me today using my email address below to arrange a consultation via a phone, Zoom, or Skype call.


jeff.jhtaxes@gmail.com
217-923-8007




Be careful when reading about tax law and its application, including my articles, because the wording and definitions are such a challenge and are influenced by writers perspective, specifically his own clients situations that he is mindful of and other situations the writer is not thinking of. The point is talk to your CPA about your situation and circumstances and don't rely on or make conclusions based on articles you read, including articles form irs.gov, because concepts and definitions are not very clear, and of course, they are subject to change. Now is the time to be having discussions about your situation and developing strategies for you and your business. Again, contact me using my information above to discuss your situation. I help business owners all over the U.S. and in foreign countries with their tax returns.