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My wife has an old tax lien. As I read Senate Bill 1813 passed in mid March and the current FM3 renewal requirements she will not be able to renew the FM3 and will be forced to return to the USA. Any thoughts on this?
 

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My wife has an old tax lien. As I read Senate Bill 1813 passed in mid March and the current FM3 renewal requirements she will not be able to renew the FM3 and will be forced to return to the USA. Any thoughts on this?
I'm confused. How would a tax lien in the US affect your wife's ability to renew her FM3?
 

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Without a passport, one can't renew an FM3. The obvious solution is to resolve the tax lien.
But you need to have a passport to get an FM3 type visa, so you should still have it when you renew. Unless, the passport expired before the renewal.
 

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But you need to have a passport to get an FM3 type visa, so you should still have it when you renew. Unless, the passport expired before the renewal.
Exactly. That's why it would behoove someone who is anticipating tax problems to renew their passport NOW.
 

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Exactly. That's why it would behoove someone who is anticipating tax problems to renew their passport NOW.
However, even if someone with tax problems has a current passport, if a House version of Senate Bill 1813 is eventually passed, then the passport could be revoked or restricted, making it difficult or impossible to use it to renew an FM3 or FM2 or whatever the latest reincarnation will be called.
 

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But you need to have a passport to get an FM3 type visa, so you should still have it when you renew. Unless, the passport expired before the renewal.
If it becomes law anyone with a tax lien will have their passport revoked so your first clue that you cannot renew your visa will be when the clerks tells you your passport is no longer valid. At that point returning home appears to be the only option. Unfortunately it will take a couple of years for my wife to work through the tax lien issue to finally get it removed (it is large).
 

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However, even if someone with tax problems has a current passport, if a House version of Senate Bill 1813 is eventually passed, then the passport could be revoked or restricted, making it difficult or impossible to use it to renew an FM3 or FM2 or whatever the latest reincarnation will be called.
Who at Migration would check on this? What would be worse is to have the IRS place restrictions on your bank account or retirement fund. No fun being with a good passport and no money. Time to change banks to an off-shore one.
 
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Who at Migration would check on this? What would be worse is to have the IRS place restrictions on your bank account or retirement fund. No fun being with a good passport and no money. Time to change banks to an off-shore one.
How old is this tax lien?

They do have a statute of limitations, you know.

I've never had one, but know people who have.
 

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However, even if someone with tax problems has a current passport, if a House version of Senate Bill 1813 is eventually passed, then the passport could be revoked or restricted, making it difficult or impossible to use it to renew an FM3 or FM2 or whatever the latest reincarnation will be called.
I doubt if the immigration clerks check that closely. Only the name and expiration date. Especially if you have had multiple renewals. They're not that concerned. That's what I love about Mexico.
 

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Who at Migration would check on this? What would be worse is to have the IRS place restrictions on your bank account or retirement fund. No fun being with a good passport and no money. Time to change banks to an off-shore one.
Sure, assuming the offshore bank would give you an account, in light of recent US crackdowns and reporting requirements. While you're at it, maybe plan on becoming a dual national and not paying any visits to US territory. What would keep the US authorities from confiscating passports at entry points? Since the bill hasn't passed yet, it's hard to speculate on enforcement, but I'd be concerned if I weren't in good standing with the IRS.
 

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Sure, assuming the offshore bank would give you an account, in light of recent US crackdowns and reporting requirements. While you're at it, maybe plan on becoming a dual national and not paying any visits to US territory. What would keep the US authorities from confiscating passports at entry points? Since the bill hasn't passed yet, it's hard to speculate on enforcement, but I'd be concerned if I weren't in good standing with the IRS.
US authorities would confiscate passports at all US entry points. The best option is to stay in good standing with Uncle Sam and pay your taxes.
 

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Why not just pay the tax lein and try not to fanagle out of it?
 

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You may have mistaken this forum for a political one.

It's a forum for people who live in/are interested in living in MX, to talk about the ins and outs of getting there and being there.
 

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IMHO, I say don't take the easy way or excuse, don't be a deadbeat. Pay your tax bill! Sounds like to me your going to see people coming up with $$$ real quick to get back to the USA when this kicks in. Good incentive!
 

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Yoohoo! I finally got my FM-3 Visa and am moving to Nayarit Sunday. Life is way good. Now, IRS may cancel my passport. I think they are sitting there, all day, just thinking of how to f**k with me. Oh well, I'm going to enjoy what I got while I got it.
 

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Yoohoo! I finally got my FM-3 Visa and am moving to Nayarit Sunday. Life is way good. Now, IRS may cancel my passport. I think they are sitting there, all day, just thinking of how to f**k with me. Oh well, I'm going to enjoy what I got while I got it.
Congratulations on getting your FM3! Why would the IRS cancel your passport?
 
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