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August 6, 2012

If you Owe the IRS Back Taxes, you may be detained at the Border when Entering the USA

It is believed that the IRS has established procedures to facilitate tax collection from taxpayers who live outside the United States. If such a  taxpayer has an unpaid tax liability and is subject to a resulting Notice of Federal Tax Lien, the IRS is probably submitting  identifying taxpayer information to the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS), a database maintained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The database allows the DHS to identify taxpayers with unpaid tax assessments who are traveling to the United States for business, employment, or personal reasons . Therefore, it appears  taxpayers traveling to the United States with unpaid tax assessments increasingly are being detained at the border by the DHS.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can vouch for this. I had a client stopped at the airport in January (2012) for unpaid taxes reported on 1099-B's for 2001, 2005, and 2006. Turned out that he's not a U.S. citizen, nor was he a resident in those years, so capital gains weren't taxable, but he needed to file returns, and had a very unpleasant day dealing with DHS and the IRS just to visit the U.S. for a board meeting. (He had a Social Security Number from working in the U.S. in the 90's, and stock he received from the company was reported to the IRS, even though he'd left the country.)