The IRS has a relatively new tool in its kit to compel delinquent taxpayers to settle their debts. The IRS may prohibit you from renewing or applying for a U.S. passport if you owe more than $53,000 in back taxes.
The IRS will only resort to this measure when other actions have failed. Bear in mind that the IRS does not treat all tax debt the same when seeking travel restrictions.
Options for resolving your tax issues may be available. You should discuss your situation with a qualified tax attorney. Bradford Randolph is an attorney and a certified public accountant with experience in both U.S. and international legal and accounting matters.