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Gray Wolf:
For US expats living in the Philippines who may have tax troubles back in the USA....\"Big Brother Has A New Tool\"
 
From the \"Journal of Accountancy\", copied by James R. \"Rick\" Peters, CPA for the Living in the Philippines Yahoo Group
 
\"Taxpayers traveling (returning) to the United States with unpaid U.S. tax assessments can be detained at the border, questioned, and flagged for follow-up enforcement.  If a taxpayer has an unpaid tax liability and is subject to a resulting Notice of Federal Tax Lien, the IRS may submit 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.
 
U.S. or non-U.S. persons with an unpaid federal tax liability whom the IRS has been unable to contact may be unaware of the tax debt until they come through U.S. Customs and are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)...\"
(Technical portions omited)
\"...A withdrawal or release of the lien, along with certain other prerequisites, is required for removal of the taxpayer\'s information from TECS.  Thus, the lengthy process may result in detention at the border for travelers to the United States for a period after the IRS has withdrawn or released a lien.\"
 

James R. \"Rick\" Peters, CPA
LinP3 List Guide & Tax Advisor
http://www.kimocpa.com/

RUFUS:
LOL... The IRS is the hand of Uncle Sam that you don\'t want slapping you in the face.
It has a long reach!

Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am:
It doesn\'t concern me too much, because I always file and pay my taxes on time!  :woohoo:
Anyway, it\'s always the other guy you read about in the news that was detained for about any reason that can go wrong to those type of irresponsible or unlucky people in the world!
It\'s all about \"Murphy\'s Law\" and this global recession we are all in which doesn\'t help any!  :S  :woohoo:  :whistle:

RUFUS:
If thou renders unto Caesar that which is Caesar\'s,thou shalt not have problems.,..  :lol:

suzukig1:
I think that I read somewhere that if you have a tax lien they will hold your passport if you turn it in for any reason; renewal, add pages, etc.

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