New IRS Law To Turn U.S into Debtors Prison & Forbid Passport Renewal to Those Who Would Try to Flee
In the Summer of 2011 while in the Czech Republic having coffee with an American friend who works in financial trading I heard some ‘very concerning news.’ My friend went on to explain that he had received a disturbing phone call one day a few months earlier. The phone caller informed him that he was no longer allowed to keep his Czech bank account open and would have to shut in down because of a new U.S. law which had just been implemented. He struggled to recall the name of the new law. I followed this strange story with my own research:
Congress Is About To Pass A Bill That Restricts Traveling, Driving And International Banking
The State Department may not even issue or reissue your passport is in the biographical requirement you can’t produce your circumcision records. This is no joke (Keep Reading).
Simon Black|April 19, 2012|
April 18, 2012
The U.S. Passport Act of 1926 is an obscure piece of legislation that was enacted decades ago when the idea of passports started catching fire around the world.
Subsequently absorbed into U.S. Code Title 22, the law was originally intended to authorize and issue passports for . .citizens to travel abroad.
Several years ago, the law was modified to provide the Secretary of State with the authority to revoke or deny a passport to any U.S. citizen convicted of engaging in immoral acts with minors overseas.
Until now, this has been the only instance of excluding a U.S. citizen from travel abroad. But if Senator Barbara Boxer gets her way, there’s going to be one more.
As part of Senate Bill 1813 (known as MAP-21), Congress has inserted language that would oblige the Secretary of State to revoke or deny a passport to any U.S. citizen who the IRS Commissioner deems as having “seriously delinquent tax debt.”
For the purposes of MAP-21, “seriously delinquent tax debt” is defined as an amount in excess of $50,000 in which a notice of lien or levy has been filed in public records.
Bear in mind, this is strictly an administrative procedure; there is no due process. By comparison, even pedophiles go in front of a judge before losing their passports.
Something is wrong with this picture.
So far, though, no one in Washington has shown any intention of backing down.
I’ve taken the time to actually read the entire bill myself … I wanted to ensure that I understood it fully before telling you about it. And believe it or not, there are even dumber provisions within.
For starters, in what may be one of the most depraved Big Brother moves on record, section 31406 of the bill makes it mandatory for “black box” event recorders to be installed in every new passenger vehicle starting with model year 2015.
Section 31504 requires the development of special alarm systems designed to remind drivers that there are other passengers in the vehicle. Duh.
Then there are provisions for more taxpayer funding to subsidize the massively loss-making Amtrak … plus calls to develop more national, regional, and state-owned railways across the country.
Perhaps most important, though, is Title II of the bill – “Stop Taxhaven Abuse.”
Long story short, if the U.S. government decides in its sole discretion that a foreign jurisdiction is impeding tax enforcement, Uncle Sam can shut them out of the U.S. financial system, no questions asked.
It’s just another measure to turn foreign banks into unpaid spies of the federal government … and limit financial freedom for U.S. citizens.
This is a bully move, plain and simple. Most of the global financial system depends on U.S. banks for correspondent accounts. When you wire money from Cambodia to Brazil, for example, the funds pass through New York.
But these kill switch provisions are actually on very shaky legal ground. As several banker and attorney friends of mine in popular offshore jurisdictions like Panama and Labuan have told me, the new bill violates a host of trade agreements.
Moreover, it may prove to be the final nail in the coffin for U.S. dominance in global banking … it’s almost as if Congress is daring the international community to come up with a better alternative.
As China opens its currency and economy more and more each day, it seems painfully obvious that a new solution is coming soon.
Meanwhile, U.S. citizens would do well to start focusing on taking action while the window is still open. This involves seeking a second passport (lest you have yours revoked), moving gold out of the country, and establishing a foreign bank account.
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Subtitle A of Title V of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE), enacts Chapter 4 of, and makes other modifications to, the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the tax law of the United States.
FATCA has a few main parts:
- It requires foreign banks to find any American account holders and disclose their balances, receipts, and withdrawals to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or be subject to a 30% withholding tax on income from US financial assets held by the banks.
- Owners of these foreign-held assets must report them on a new Form 8938 along with US tax returns if they are worth more than US$50,000; a higher reporting threshold applies to overseas residents. Account holders would be subject to a 40% penalty on understatements of income in an undisclosed foreign financial asset.
- It closes a tax loophole that investors had used to avoid paying any taxes on dividends by converting them into dividend equivalents.
The reporting requirements are in addition to reporting of foreign financial assets to the US Treasury Department, particularly the “Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts” (FBAR) for foreign financial accounts exceeding US$10,000 required under Bank Secrecy Act regulations issued by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).
There are fears of imposition of capital controls, and assertions that capital flight is underway as a result. There have also been privacy concerns, in particular for those with dual citizenship. As a result of FATCA, European banks such as Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, HSBC, ING Group and Credit Suisse have been closing brokerage accounts for all US customers since early 2011 citing “onerous” US regulations, which FATCA will make more complex when it goes into effect in 2014. American Citizens Abroad, a Geneva-based organization representing the interests of 6 million Americans residing outside the U.S., has launched a campaign to repeal FATCA. Many have expressed doubts as to the implementability of this legislation.
FATCA is expected to raise revenues of approximately US$800 million per year for the US Treasury, however, the costs of implementation are more difficult to estimate, and estimates between hundreds of millions and over US$10 billion have been published. What does appear to be extremely likely is that the cost of implementing FATCA (which will be borne by the foreign financial institutions) will far outweight the revenues raised by the US Treasury, even excluding the additional costs to the US Internal Revenue Service for the staffing and resources needed to process the data produced.
FATCA added Internal Revenue Code § 6038D (26 U.S.C. § 6038D) that requires reporting any interest in assets over $50,000 after 18 March 2010, and § 1298(f) (26 U.S.C. § 1298(f)) that requires shareholders of a passive foreign investment company (PFIC) to report certain information. The IRS issued temporary regulations (TD 9567) on 14 December 2011 requiring the filing of Form 8938 with individual income tax returns, and proposed regulations (REG-130302-10) for domestic entities. Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations (REG-121647-10) regarding information reporting by foreign financial institutions on 8 February 2012, and issued final regulations and guidance (TD 9584) on reporting interest paid to nonresident aliens on 17 April 2012.
France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom have consented to co-operate with the U.S. on FATCA implementation.
Response to this new law:
Shattering four myths about the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act: Why FATCA can and should be repealed
- By: James George Jatras
- 11 May 2012
- Comment: 1
For two years, much of the global financial community has been in an uproar about a pending US law that has barely been noticed in the United States. That may soon change as the unacceptable costs of the “Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) become fully apparent.
Enacted in 2010 as a supposed revenue-raiser pasted into an unrelated bill with almost no debate, FATCA requires every foreign financial institution (FFI) in the world to collect data on American-owned assets it holds and report them directly to the IRS. Any FFI failing to comply will have 30% of its American-derived income withheld. Together with additional complex rules, firms expect aggregate compliance costs in the tens of billions of dollars. In February, the US Treasury Department released 388 pages of draft FATCA enforcement regulations, now being finalized.
At the same time, Treasury announced an agreement in principle with five major European Union governments for a reciprocal “partnership”: instead of requiring FFIs in “partner” countries to report American-owned assets directly to the IRS, they will report to their own governments, who will then pass the information on to Washington. In return, the US will require domestic American institutions (banks, stock and equity funds, pension funds, insurance companies, etc.) to report to Treasury on assets belonging to citizens of the “partner” countries for transmittal to their governments. As additional countries join the initial five “FATCA partners,” a multi-governmental, perhaps eventually a global, financial information-sharing structure is forming.
Draft regulations on US institutions to implement the international “partnership” agreement have yet to be published, and understandably most Americans have not yet noticed FATCA. But as the FATCA boomerang begins its return flight back towards the US, myths already well-established abroad are beginning to shatter:
Myth 1: FATCA’s costs will fall only on foreigners, not Americans.
The canary in the FATCA coalmine is the five-million strong American expatriate community, already being treated as financial lepers by FFIs afraid of the 30% withholding penalty. If only a tiny fraction of $21 trillion in foreign investment in the US were pulled out over FATCA fears, the impact on the American economy and jobs could be devastating. Now, with FATCA-like requirements also in the offing for US domestic institutions, costs can be expected to be passed on to consumers, raising expenses for all Americans. Moreover, the “partnership” agreement will require transfers of personal financial information of millions of Americans (starting with dual nationals) and foreign residents with uncertain data protection to foreign governments and, in all likelihood, eventually to a central international repository a central international repository. FATCA may also facilitate longstanding efforts to create a “global high-tax cartel” and even a supranational financial transaction tax.
Myth 2: By cooperating with the US, foreign “partner” governments are rescuing their firms from a crushing compliance burden.
Many firms in the five “partner” countries are breathing a sigh of relief that they will report to their own governments, not to the IRS, and firms in other countries are demanding their governments join in. They are mistaken. Upon examination, it’s clear who really is being rescued here: the IRS. Saddled with the Sisyphean task of extraterritorial enforcement on each and every financial firm (as broadly defined under FATCA) in the entire world, Treasury already had delayed by over two months the release of draft FATCA regulations last year – until it could unveil the “partnership” agreement, which in effect “allows” foreign governments to do IRS’s job for it. While it’s possible the “partnership” may provide foreign firms with some modest respite (and eliminates their terror of FATCA’s withholding provision), compliance costs – under domestic laws and regulations that will parallel the IRS’s 388 pages – may actually turn out to be greater than just complying with the IRS’s mandates. If, as described in the “partnership” announcement, FATCA becomes the “common model for automatic data exchange of information,” FFIs face the prospect of reporting on assets from multiple countries, not just one. In addition, under domestically imposed “partnership” compliance requirements, individual firms could be deprived of the ability to make their own business decisions about maintaining US clients and investments weighed against compliance costs.
Attention: Many of these tax implementations will be introduced under the use of language like ‘Austerity’ and ‘Fiscal Cliff.’
Canadians Balk at U.S. Tax Collection laws as recent IRS amnesty ends
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Canada’s finance minister has come out loudly against new US tax laws that will increase reporting requirements to the IRS, the US tax arm, for dual citizens, as well as recently stepped-up efforts by the IRS to obtain tax information about Americans in Canada.
The IRS efforts to chase tax cheats are netting another group, he says, with “the threat of prohibitive fines for simply failing to file a return they were unaware they had to file is a frightening prospect that is causing unnecessary stress and fear among law abiding hardworking dual citizens,” he said in a letter sent to several major US publications 19 September.
He noted that “their only transgression is failure to file the IRS paperwork they were never aware they had to file.”
Canadian media have made their government’s resistance to the US moves headline news this weekend, as concern grows in Canada and elsewhere outside the US over the new Fatca (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) rules, expected to go into effect in 2014. Fatca will require financial institutions outside the US to provide information on accounts held by US citizens and green card holders.
CBC, Canadian public broadcasting, quote Flaherty as saying he shares the concerns of fellow citizens over the reach of the IRS beyond US borders (http://www.cbc.ca/fp/story/2011/09/16/5413714.html).
Swiss banks have reacted to the proposed Fatca rules by, in many cases, closing accounts of US citizens and refusing to open accounts for Americans resident in Switzerland because Fatca regulations will be at odds with Swiss banking laws.
US media, meanwhile, have been publishing the news that some 12000 taxpayers took advantage of the most recent tax amnesty by the IRS, which ended 9 September, noting that the IRS has so far collected $500 million in back taxes and interest.
An AP news agency article picked up by the CS Monitor, Yahoo news and scores of US newspapers, with a headline “12,000 tax cheats come clean under IRS program”, doesn’t mention that the amnesty encouraged many who were unaware of the FBAR reporting requirements to file forms that require taxpayers to show the largest amount in all financial accounts during every tax year. The fines for not reporting were as high as 50% of any unannounced holdings.
The Fbar requirement was designed as an anti-terrorism tool, to catch money launderers, and is not overseen by the IRS itself.
American Citizens Abroad has been actively working to inform taxpayers about these obligations, but discussions on their website and town hall meetings organized by ACA have made it clear that several IRS filing requirements have been little known and poorly understood by the public.
Related to FATCA is another law[IRS] which would ‘prevent’ Americans from getting or renewing their passport; even if they are suspect of not having paid a low tax bill. Prevented from leaving the U.S. This is not the U.S. we knew and grew up in.
New Law to Deny U.S. Passport Renewal
Congress to U.S. Citizens: Pay Your Income Tax or Forfeit Your Passport
One of the strongest enforcement mechanisms any government has over its citizens is to restrict their ability to travel internationally.
Since international travel to almost anywhere requires a passport, requiring citizens to adhere to specified rules to obtain this travel document is a highly effective mechanism of social control.
Many governments therefore temporarily or permanently suspend a citizen’s passport under a variety of conditions, or refuse to issue or renew it at all. For instance, under U.S. law, several circumstances exist under which authorities can confiscate your passport, or the State Department can refuse to issue or renew it:
- If a federal court has issued a warrant for your arrest
- If a federal or state court has ordered you not to leave the United States
- If another country has requested your extradition
- If you owe more than $2,500 in delinquent child support payments
I’ve long predicted the U.S. government would eventually add “lack of tax compliance” to this list. Now, the U.S. Senate has taken an important step in that direction. The 2012 highway funding bill (S. 1813) sets up a mechanism to deny or revoke your passport if you have a “seriously delinquent tax debt.” This is defined as a tax debt that exceeds $50,000 for which the IRS has filed a notice of lien or levy. It remains to be seen if the House of Representatives will go along with the Senate proposal, but it seems highly unlikely that anyone in Congress–or President Obama–will object to forbidding a U.S. citizen who owes $50,000 or more in back taxes from traveling internationally.
Since federal law generally prohibits the IRS from disclosing taxpayer data to other federal agencies, S. 1813 makes an exception to this rule for purposes of disclosing “seriously delinquent tax debts” to the State Department. Once receiving this information, the State Department “may not issue a passport or passport card to any individual who has a seriously delinquent tax debt….” It must also “revoke a passport or passport card previously issued to” such persons.
Even if you don’t fall into one of the categories under which the government can confiscate your passport, don’t assume you can renew it when it expires. If the State Department requires you to complete its “biographical questionnaire” as a condition for renewal, you’ll be hard-pressed to come up with some of the requested information (e.g., for a male, your circumcision records).
If you’re a U.S. citizen who values your right to travel internationally, S. 1813 makes it more important than ever to get a second passport. If you don’t qualify for a second passport by virtue of marriage or ancestry, it’s still possible to acquire one by making a contribution or investment to a handful of countries. In exchange, you’ll receive citizenship for life and a passport.
The Commonwealth of Dominica and the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis are the only countries with an official, legally mandated, citizenship-through-investment program. Several other countries, including at least two EU members, will award citizenship and passport upon performance of an outstanding service (including an investment).
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The USA continues to take away the freedom of Americans. This bill has already passed the senate, it is very important that you contact your representatives to oppose senate bill 1813 and request that the amendment giving new power to the IRS to revoke and suspend passports removed. It is very easy to contact your representatives by email, here is the link. https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Below is my draft response to my representative, it may be helpful for other people that oppose this bill and also explains my views. You are welcome to use whatever you want when you contact your representatives.
I oppose S.1813 – Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Act of 2012. I also oppose the attached Amendment giving power to the IRS to revoke and suspend passports.
Specifically I oppose the bill because it creates additional spending and even more important I also oppose the attached amendment giving power to the IRS to revoke or suspend or renew passports. I oppose the IRS having the power to prevent or prohibit Americans from traveling. I oppose giving the IRS any additional powers. Please do what it takes to remove the amendment from Senate bill 1813 and all other bills it may get attached to in the future.
First of all Americans have the right to dispute an IRS claim and the amount of the dispute is unimportant. Everyone knows the exorbitant penalties and high interest can hyper-inflate any claim to a much higher figure than what is mentioned in the amendment. The politicians in the senate are obviously trying to circumvent justice and give the IRS the power to strong arm the taxpayers and take away their right to dispute an IRS claim.
The IRS is already the most feared and ruthless collection agency in the world, politicians should be limiting the IRS powers not giving them more power. The politicians have promised to reduce the powers of the IRS many times before but instead they attempt to give the IRS more power. The hypocritical politicians need to be stopped now. Please also introduce a bill to reduce the powers of the IRS.
It is obvious once again the politicians that authored the amendment and attached the amendment to Bill 1813 and the senators that approved this bill 1813 are not thinking correctly. As a general rule the rich and the poor do not have tax disputes with the IRS of course their are a few exceptions but not many, it is the small business owners that have the majority of tax disputes with the IRS. In addition it is the small business owners that pay the majority of the taxes to the IRS. So the stupid or ignorant politicians that authored and attached and approved the amendment giving power to the IRS to revoke or suspend passports are targeting and attacking the small business owners which pay most of the taxes in the USA, that sounds kind of stupid to me. In addition the small business owners that do international business will be affected the most, unfortunately that is the fastest growing portion of American business. Small business owners that focus on international business are the companies that are hiring many people at this time. Once again targeting and attacking the fastest growing and most vulnerable part of American Business sounds stupid to me. The amendment could obviously have a negative impact on the hiring of Americans and jeopardize desperately needed jobs. Please do everything possible to prevent bill 1813 from becoming law and remove all Amendments giving additional power to the IRS.
If this bill 1813 with the amendment giving the IRS power to revoke passports is ever passed, soon after some ignorant congressman will attempt to take away the drivers licenses of the American people for some frivolous reason. That will accomplish nothing and further anger and polarize the American people as well as erode American values and pride as well as restrict the freedom and liberty of Americans. I assume they may soon revoke all the driving licenses of Americans that cannot afford to pay their student loans or some other asinine reason. I am sure this will happen so please be prepared and vote no for any such action. These attacks on the freedom need to stop now.
Restricting Americans freedom to travel in order to help reduce the deficit is unconscionable and stupid.These soviet style tactics of limiting peoples freedom are going to backfire. As was in the other repressive societies in the past the wealthy and middle class people that can afford to will just leave the USA permanently and start paying their taxes to another country that does not have soviet style repression. Many wealthy and middle class people are already leaving the USA. So the end result would be that less people would be paying taxes. You already know this is already happening. This Senate Bill 1813 needs to defeated and the amendment giving power to the IRS to revoke and suspend passports needs to removed permanently from all bills. Please make sure it happens.
Everyone knows that the true cause of huge budget deficit and the astronomical debt is overspending and over borrowing. Always keep in mind that the politicians created the huge deficit and astronomical debt. The taxpayers with IRS disputes did not create this problem. If the debt was not so large and the taxes not so high and the IRS penalties not so unreasonable there would be far less tax disputes and no need to harass American taxpayers. The politicians created all this debt so it would better if you introduced a bill that gives the IRS the power to revoke the passports of the politicians that created this huge debt and deficit problem, please do that. This repressive amendment may be a feeble attempt to cut the deficit however it appears more like a distraction designed to distraction Americans from the real problem of overspending but it will obviously not work. It is not possible to reduce the huge astronomical debt by making the USA into a debtors prison. You could take away everyone’s passport and driving license and you still would not be able to fix the huge budget deficit and the astronomical debt of our country.
The amendment that gives the IRS the power to revoke or suspend passports is extremely repressive as well offensive. It is something you expect from Russia or China, not the USA. Turning the USA into a debtors prison is something I thought could never happen in the USA. This country has gone down hill rapidly, the politicians are destroying America. The amendment attached to Senate bill 1813 giving the IRS power to revoke or suspend passports proves that the government really is turning into a repressive regime against American’s right to freedom, liberty and the pursuit of justice. Already the USA has the highest percentage of it’s citizens in prison, a higher percentage than any other country in the world including Iran, China, Cuba and Russia. Now the politicians want to make the entire country a debtors prison, it appears that the politicians in the Senate may be mentally ill or intentionally trying to create a repressive regime to totally control it’s citizens. I value freedom and liberty above everything else as did my forefathers that founded and fought to keep this country free. The inclusion of the Amendment of giving additional power to the IRS in any bill is one step closer for the USA to becoming a police state. Please do everything possible to prevent this bill 1813 from becoming law and remove the amendment giving the IRS any additional power (including the revocation or suspension or preventing the renewal of passports).
Even though the huge debt and budget deficit is a catastrophic problem it appears that the Senate politicians would rather spend their valuable time harassing Americans instead of trying to find ways to cut the out of control spending. The only thing that will fix the huge deficit and the astronomical debt of our country is to cut spending so I am also instructing you to reduce spending now. I oppose any additional spending, I also oppose any additional debt. I want you to cut spending. Please concentrate on the problem of overspending and prevent socialist senate politicians from passing laws that give more power to the IRS to harass and imprison American citizens in their own country. The politicians caused the huge deficit now fix it by cutting spending and cutting borrowing.
Please vote no for all such amendments and bills that polarize the people and/or attempt to create class warfare and/or harass American citizens and/or limit Americans freedom and/or take away the rights of Americans to dispute claims with the IRS or make it more difficult to dispute claims with the IRS.
There is an ever growing erosion of American values and pride as well as an ever increasing embarrassment of being American. Politicians that create and pass laws that limit American freedom and erode American pride are making the USA the laughing stock of the world. America is supposed to be a role model for other countries when it comes to freedom. Instead now the amendment attached to bill 1813 giving power to the IRS to revoke or suspend passports prove that the USA is one of the most repressive governments in the world.
When I see attachments to bills like the one giving the IRS power to suspend or revoke an Americans right to travel it makes me sick. It makes me feel embarrassed to be an American. Please try to stop the other politicians from destroying our country. Can you imagine what reaction our forefathers the founders of this country would have if something like this happened 200 years ago? It is obvious that would have never happened because they understood what freedom means and fought and died for the freedom of Americans. Now politicians are trying to take away the freedom of Americans. So why is it happening now? I think you already know, this country is going bankrupt and bad politicians would rather polarize and harass American citizens than cut spending. As always politicians put their own interest in continuing their career as a politician ahead of the needs of the American people. The overspending socialist politicians are addicted to spending other peoples money (the tax payers) and borrowing more every chance they get.It is easy for them to spend other peoples money, specifically my money (Americans are responsible for the debt of their country.). That is sad and it makes me sick when politicians spend my money foolishly. I would never authorize anyone to use my money to overspend and then over borrow. I am instructing you to cut spending now and stop harassing Americans. Please oppose Senate bill 1813 and remove the amendment giving the IRS power to revoke, suspend or refuse renewal of passports.
It is hard to believe that in the USA travel is a privilege and not a right. The USA government continues to increase control over it’s citizens at an alarming rate. When the American government controls your ability to travel it is easy to see that the American government is out of control.and needs to reigned in by it’s citizens. Please initiate a bill that makes Americans ability to travel freely a right and not just a privilege so other politicians will never be able to do this repressive act in the future. I don’t want my government to be able to limit travel and control Americans like other repressive governments. I want Americans to be to be free and I want to be proud of my country.
The politicians created all the problems in my country so please start fixing this country now by cutting spending, please stop spending my money without my permission, please stop borrowing without my permission. Most of all stop attempting to harass the American citizens and don’t forget the taxpayers that the Senate politicians are attempting to harass pay their salaries. Please initiate a bill to reduce all congressman’s salary by 50% until the astronomical government debt is zero.
This bill is already causing stress and strife in this country. Politicians are trying to polarize the American people and imprison Americans that want to dispute IRS claims. It is a lame idea and it will not work. The whole idea of a debtors prison is archaic and repressive. It appears that the politicians that approved this bill in the senate are obviously trying to distract Americans and divert their attention from the real problem (overspending & over borrowing). You politicians need to remember that our forefathers that were rich and poor fought together to create a free country. The rich and the poor fought to keep an oppressive government from controlling their lives. It appears that once again it is time for the rich and poor to work together to change this repressive regime that you politicians call a government. It is time to vote against all the politicians that attempt to attempt to create a repressive regime that tries to control the freedom of it’s citizens.
Once again, I oppose Bill 1813 and I oppose the attached Amendment giving the IRS additional powers to revoke, suspend or refuse to renew passports. I want you to remove the Amendment giving power to the IRS to revoke, suspend or refuse to renew passports from bill 1813 and any other bill that contains similar amendments. I oppose any bill that changes the freeways to toll roads.