Here’s a scary thought: the idea that some administrative officer can arbitrarily choose to make you a virtual prisoner in your country in that you can’t (legally) leave.
Well, that is the case in the U.S.
It’s true. The IRS can now revoke the passports of American citizens. L.J. Devon writes,
“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[…].
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.'”
In other words, if you don’t cough up the money that they say that you owe, then they can prevent you from leaving, thus virtually forcing you to work and pay to them what they say (because you have to work to survive).
And, remember, because it’s the IRS, you may never regain that permission to leave. The IRS doesn’t have a reputation for being very understanding or forgiving.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you break laws so disappear across the boarder to escape the increasingly oppressive police state that we ar living under, but you may want to consider ways to disappear and fly under the radar so that they never becomes an issue for you.
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