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The law was recently passed. It applies to anyone who has a lien or levy and owes in excess of $50,000 with no payment plan. There is an exception for back taxes which are being disputed.
It is not automatic, so it is not as if your passport is automatically pulled on 1/1/16.
New Section 7345(e) provides in relevant part as follows: “upon receiving a certification described in section 7345 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 from the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of State shall not issue a passport to any individual who has a seriously delinquent tax debt described in such section. . .
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The law is so new I do not think anyone knows yet how it will be implemented. The conventional wisdom seems to be that it will just apply to new applications and renewals for now. They will not start by pulling otherwise valid passports.
Also, if you are making payments under a payment plan or have disputed the amount in court they will not take action.
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