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Implementation of the Passport Provisions of the FAST Act Was Generally Successful, and the Internal Revenue Service Is Working on Objective Criteria for Passport Revocations

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Date Issued
Report Number
Report Type
Joint Report
Agency Wide
Yes (agency-wide)
Questioned Costs
Funds for Better Use


The Director, Headquarters Collection, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, should attempt to identify taxpayers who were certified prior to the October 2018 programming change and had an aggregate balance under the threshold amount at the time of certification, and decertify those taxpayers.

The Director, Headquarters Collection, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, should request a programming change to apply the appropriate deceased taxpayer indicator to the primary or secondary taxpayer, and recertify secondary taxpayers who were mistakenly decertified.

The Commissioner, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, should continue developing objective criteria based on the IRS's traditional approach to enforcement which takes into consideration an individual taxpayer's facts and circumstances when selecting cases to refer to the State Department for passport revocation.