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congasan
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My Rastaman friend told me that he cannot fly to the states to see his girlfriend because he owes back child support. This does not seem fair to me. I have also heard that the IRS database may be (already) tied to your ability to fly. So if you have an unresolved debt, you cannot fly. I wonder if it will or already applies to anyone who has any unresolved debt? Just curious - anyone have any similar stories?

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Topic starter Posted : June 8, 2014 5:36 pm
JulieKay
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It's not so much that you are on the "no fly" list as you can't get a passport if you owe back child support. I believe the rationale is that if you can afford to buy a ticket for a flight, you should use that money for your child support.

However you don't need a passport to fly into the US from the USVI. No idea what your Rastaman friend's exact situation is so I can't speculate. It might simply be that he can't get through customs. But I will say that for me, paying child support and supporting your children should take precedence over spending money for a flight to visit a girlfriend.

Same thing for owing back taxes - your passport can be revoked, even at the moment you go to board a flight. Again this is for international travel only. This is primarily to prevent tax evaders from leaving the country (or catching them upon their return), and typically is only done for those owing large amounts (>$50,000). But if you owe back taxes then you should be prepared if you're planning on taking an international trip, in my assessment.

It isn't for other unresolved debt, as those are private matters.

I have no opinion on this other than you should pay your child support and taxes.

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Posted : June 8, 2014 5:45 pm
mtdoramike
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Tell the scoffer to be a man and take care of his responsibility like paying his damn child support instead of trying to act like some 1960's hippie.

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Posted : June 8, 2014 8:38 pm
OldTart
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I don't think your friend is telling you the whole story. I don't believe there are any restrictions imposed on travel within the US but only as already noted for travel outside the country and even those circumstances would have to be quite a way outside the norm.

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Posted : June 8, 2014 10:13 pm
Cruz
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Sounds like there's an active warrant out for your friend's arrest and he'll be flagged as soon as he attempts to go through customs.

They'll more than likely let him get on the flight and handcuffs would be waiting for him at the destination. Saves the govt extradition costs.

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Posted : June 8, 2014 11:05 pm
malibutexan07
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Tell the scoffer to be a man and take care of his responsibility like paying his damn child support instead of trying to act like some 1960's hippie.

Amen. Will someone PLEASE think of the children!? =P

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Posted : June 9, 2014 12:42 am
AandA2VI
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Holy cow. Won't pay for the kid but wants to go see a girlfriend? Whoa. Get a new friend dude what a low life.

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Posted : June 9, 2014 2:34 am
Jumbie
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Holy cow. Won't pay for the kid but wants to go see a girlfriend? Whoa. Get a new friend dude what a low life.

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Posted : June 9, 2014 10:30 am
speee1dy
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i think it is fair

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Posted : June 9, 2014 12:06 pm
JulieKay
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Tell the scoffer to be a man and take care of his responsibility like paying his damn child support instead of trying to act like some 1960's hippie.

Hey us hippies resent that remark! We pay our bills. 😉

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Posted : June 9, 2014 12:41 pm
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