A rather frightening amendment has been tacked onto a Federal highway construction bill. Senate Bill 1813, proposed by Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, includes an amendment that would stop any American citizen from leaving the country based upon a non-judicial determination by the IRS that you owe the Federal government back taxes.
The amendment, Section 40304, was written by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and would authorize the State Department to revoke, deny or limit passports for anyone the Internal Revenue Service certifies as having “a seriously delinquent tax debt in an amount in excess of $50,000.”
Whatever happened to our right to travel? We have become prisoners within our own country, reminiscent of East Germany and the wall.
Constitutional Attorney Angel Reyes says that’s a violation of due process and is unconstitutional.
“It takes away your right to enter or exit the country based upon a non-judicial IRS determination that you owe taxes,” Reyes told FOX Business. “It’s a scary thought that our congressional representatives want to give the IRS the power to detain US citizens over taxes, which could very well be in dispute.”
Financial Adviser Clark Hodges says the measure is especially concerning given the high number of taxpayers it could affect.
“There are so many people that fall into that situation, and I think that’s too invasive. Especially coming out of a bad economy there are a lot of people behind on a lot of things,” he told Fox Business.
Still, the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” or “MAP-21″ passed the Senate in a vote of 74-22, and is now headed for the GOP-controlled house where it’s expected to meet stronger opposition. – Source: FOX Business
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