FATCA IGA lawsuit filed by Vancouver Constitutional Litigator Joseph Arvay on 11 August 2014 in Canada Federal Court. See Claims and press release. Le 11 août 2014, les deux plaignantes, Ginny et Gwen, ont engagé une poursuite à la Cour fédérale du Canada contre le gouvernement du Canada et l’entente intergouvernementale FATCA. Listen to radio interview of ADCS Co-Chair and Legal Counsel.
UPDATE October 1, 2014
Here’s why one donor is supporting our effort:
“I’m a single mom of 2 kids. My oldest is special needs with serious medical issues. I don’t work because she is full time care. I barely scrape by on CTB and a little child support.
I would love to get the rdsp going for her but I can’t because of reporting requirements. I can’t afford to pay tax on money my government (Canada) would be contributing via grants. This law will create a disabled adult who is poverty stricken.
I can’t afford much but I donated 25 dollars. I hope it helps!”
Who are the donors? @Bubblebustin suggests:
“In the end, ADCS’s success may be in the number of people allowed to remain oblivious to their efforts, with their lives kept intact. Unfortunately, that puts the financial burden on those who have a true comprehension of what’s at stake here.”
The cost of litigation for the first trial, which will be vigorously defended by the Government of Canada, is very expensive: approximately $1000/day for legal bills due on November 1, 2014 and February 1, May 1, and August 1, 2015.
Vous pouvez donner n’importe quel montant. Vos dons de $ 25 sont utiles. Nous avons vraiment besoin de vos dons pour soutenir notre poursuite en ce moment car nos factures légales doivent être payées à la fin du mois.
It can take ten or more days to receive mail containing cheques and five days for PayPal donations to be transferred and deposited into bank account.
Les dons par la poste peuvent prendre jusqu’à 10 jours pour arriver, et les transferts par PayPal peuvent prendre 5 jours.
—The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) faces many problems in collecting penalties and taxes from retirement savings of Canadian citizens living in Canada.
The Government of Canada recognizes these serious challenges, and with the assistance of the banks, are doing their very best to help the understaffed IRS by agreeing to identify and turn over Canadians to the IRS (the U.S. FATCA law).
But IRS knows that it will still have a pretty difficult time in collecting money from those Canadians hiding out in Canada. Really, how can you force, just by asking, someone living in Canada to send their retirement assets to a foreign country?
–So IRS came up with a PLAN that begins with a threatening LETTER 4106:
“International revenue officers can request that a Customs Hold be input into the Treasury Enforcement Communication System (TECS) for delinquent [Canadian] taxpayers.
Once the taxpayer is on the TECS, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notifies the IRS whenever the taxpayer travels into the United States.
[Note that the Mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to "..secure the nation from the many threats we [Americans] face [e.g.delinquent taxpayers living in Canada].”]
Taxpayers are informed with a [threatening] Letter 4106, Letter Advising Taxpayer of Department of Homeland Security Notification, that an international revenue officer has taken action to advise the DHS that the taxpayer has outstanding tax liabilities and that this may result in an interview by a Customs and Border Protection Officer if the taxpayer attempts to enter the United States.
During our interviews with a judgmental sample of 15 international revenue officers and all five group managers, many identified the Customs Hold as one of the most effective enforcement tools available to them in dealing with delinquent [Canadian] international taxpayers.
International revenue officers use information obtained through a Customs Hold to attempt to contact the taxpayers while they are in the United States and/or locate the taxpayers’ assets.”
Read the whole “TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION” report” to find out what the IRS has to say about us.
Your elected Canadian government is assisting the United States in collecting money from “delinquent” Canadian citizens resident in Canada by helping the U.S. enforce the FATCA law. It agreed to do this ONLY because it is afraid of economic retaliation by the United States.
You can help the Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty begin the first step to stop this from happening by continuing to fund Ginny and Gwen’s FATCA IGA lawsuit.
@Badger says it best:
“The only way forward is to support this ADCS legal challenge to thwart the enablement of FATCA in Canada – and prevent the US from gaining any further assistance with its extraterritorial colonization. It is clear in this TIGTA report that it and the IRS and Treasury will continue to try and make the entire globe pay tribute to the US – no matter how absurd, unjust or difficult that might be.”
We have 29 days.