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Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.


Notice and request for comments.


The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning an existing notice of proposed rulemaking, INTL-978-86, Information Reporting by Passport and Permanent Residence Applicants (§ 301.6039E-1(c)).


Written comments should be received on or before September 2, 2003 to be assured of consideration.


Direct all written comments to Glenn Kirkland, Internal Revenue Service, room 6411, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224.

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Requests for additional information or copies of this regulation should be directed to Allan Hopkins at (202) 622-3179, or at Internal Revenue Service, room 5244, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224 or through the Internet at

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Title: Information Reporting by Passport and Permanent Residence Applicants.

OMB Number: 1545-1359.

Regulation Project Number: INTL-978-86.

Abstract: This regulation requires applicants for passports and permanent residence status to report certain tax information on the applications. The regulation is intended to enable the IRS to identify U.S. citizens who have not filed tax returns and permanent residents who have undisclosed sources of foreign income to notify such persons of their duty to file United States tax returns.

Current Actions: There is no change to this existing regulation.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Individuals or households.

Estimated Number of Respondents for Passport Applicants: 500,000.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: 6 minutes.

Estimated Number of Respondents for Permanent Residence Applicants: 500,000.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: 30 minutes.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours for Permanent Residence Applicants: 250,000 hours.

The following paragraph applies to all of the collections of information covered by this notice:

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and tax return information are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103.

Request for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

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Approved: June 17, 2003.

Glenn Kirkland,

IRS Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 03-16604 Filed 6-30-03; 8:45 am]