In the fall of 2011, Senator Barbara Boxer introduced the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (or “MAP-21” as it’s now called). The bill includes a section that allows the State Department to “deny, revoke or limit” passport rights for any taxpayers with “serious delinquencies.”
This is without due process.
There is no requirement that the tax payer be guilty of or even charged with tax evasion, fraud, or any criminal offense.
Just that the State Department alleges the tax payer to owe the IRS $50,000 or more.
You can’t leave until you pay.
This has happened before, in ancient Rome.
In The Lessons of History, by Will and Ariel Durant write:
“The task of controlling men in economic detail proved too much for Diocletian’s expanding, expensive, and corrupt bureaucracy. To support this officialdom – the army, the courts, public works, and the dole – taxation rose to such heights that people lost the incentive to work or earn, and an erosive contest began between lawyers finding devices to evade taxes and lawyers formulating laws to prevent evasion. Thousands of Romans, to escape the tax gatherer, fled over the frontiers to seek refuge among the barbarians. Seeking to check this elusive mobility and to facilitate regulation and taxation, the government issued decrees binding the peasant to his field and the worker to his shop until all their debts and taxes had been paid. In this and other ways medieval serfdom began.”
Thank you Senator Barbara “Diocletian” Boxer.