UPDATE July 28 2014
Plaintiffs: We need more plaintiffs. Husband and wife teams of U.S. and non-U.S. spouses are especially encouraged to be plaintiffs. You will have to disclose your name and tax status publicly. Any individual plaintiff must have the support of their spouse/significant other.
If you are willing to accept the risk of disclosure and are interested in being a plaintiff, contact me on the ADCS website.
Donate by Paypal, send cheques, email transfers, send cash. Some bring me a bag of cash in a lunch bag with a sad story about their life. If you are afraid of disclosing your name, have someone else donate for you or go the post office and send a money order. If you are a “covered expatriate” and wish to be uncovered you may wish to donate much more.
As stated on our website, an accounting of all monies received and expended will be provided to Corporations Canada and posted publicly on the ADCS-ADSC website.
Donate ANY amount by going to: www.adcs-adsc.ca
Why people donate. Read this submission by a Canadian, and others like her, to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.
Stephen Kish, for the ADCS-ADSC Board of Directors
Two dedicated individuals who participate at both the Isaac Brock Society and the Maple Sandbox blogs have prepared a comprehensive Human Rights Complaint that will be submitted on behalf of all *US Persons Abroad* the world over.
The document now complete, I have been asked to post an announcement on their behalf. Unfortunately, because of their personal situations, they cannot lend their names to the document and this will be the end of Phase I, produced for all of us, with their great care.
I so appreciate the incredible work that has gone into this on behalf of all of us. Here is what they say:
A group of writers from the Isaac Brock Society and Maple Sandbox blogs has prepared a document that challenges citizenship-based taxation (CBT) as a violation of internationally recognized human rights. This document will be submitted as a formal complaint to a major international human rights organization within the next ten days.
Any readers who would like to support this effort by “co-signing” (having their names added to the list of those filing the complaint) should so indicate by sending an email to: email@example.com.
The Canadian writers of the complaint hope to make this a truly international effort. Bloggers from all over the world are welcome to lend their names to this historic document.
Signers should feel comfortable with using their own names (pseudonyms are unacceptable in this instance) and should provide their nationality and/or country of residence as well.
NOTE: In order not jeopardize the success of our complaint process we are unable to publish the document itself at this time.
This prompted me to write a reflection, which Petros has asked if I would post here. It did NOT attract any attention there, so might as well. LOL.
In a quick synopsis I make the connection of UBS being the triggering mechanism for FATCA and the global GATCA, mostly unreported in U.S. media. I have some thoughts about what this might mean for regulatory overload as more and more is piled onto small and medium sized financial institutions that can not keep up. When will the full FATCA blow back happen in the USA, and what will the impact be?
Nothing earth shattering in analysis, or insight. It is just something that has fascinated me. I have been watching for a long time. We are well down the road now to a global dragnet and the total surveillance state. It is dressed up by Progressives, OECD elites and the Tax Justice types as some desired dream state of financial transparency for ALL. For me, it seems like a nightmare. How regressive, dare I say repressive, will these Progressives types be in pushing their GATCA agenda?
I have reproduced my comment below with some tweaks. Might edit it more later, but off for 3 day back packing trip and wanted to post before I left.
A U.S. law aimed at cracking down on tax evasion by expatriates has collectively cost Canada’s five biggest banks about 750 million Canadian dollars (US$693.5 million) in initial compliance expenses, according to people familiar with the matter.
Hint: if you have trouble viewing this article, try cutting and pasting the headline into a Google search.
i.e., If anyone cannot get past the log in / subscription page: go to GOOGLE NEWS; in the search box there, insert Canada Banks Tally Their Tax-Compliance Tab.
July 28 UPDATE:
I spoke to Lynne today. She thanks everyone for their good wishes, but still is not feeling well enough to have visitors.
We all want her back with us soon.
July 25 UPDATE:
Many of you know that our warrior Lynne Blaze sustained a serious injury.
Lynne is still in an acute care hospital, will probably be there for awhile, and then will likely move to a rehab setting. I expect that she will return to us in about six weeks or so.
The nurses at the hospital refer to Lynne (who I have always described as “Kindly Lynne”) as “feisty.” Lynne herself explains to me that “My inner bitch has now come out!”
So, I send flowers — for Lynne
…or for her nurses…
She is the same Lynne again that we all know, and she knows that we all miss her.
It is also important to note that FATCA’s requirements are the same for all American taxpayers—expats are treated no differently. All citizens are required to comply with United States’ tax laws and FATCA is a tool to enforce them. Tax evaders should rightly worry that FATCA will reveal their illicit activities.
FATCA hunts down “US taxpayers” as defined by US law, considers their legal activities in Canada carried out as Canadian citizens as illicit, and then tells these “US persons” that they should be rightly worried about their “illicit” activities. No, Mr. Assistant Secretary: You don’t have clue. You must go back to school and study international law: (1) The Master Nationality Rule says that every country has the right to consider their resident citizens as only their citizens and not the citizens of any other country; (2) the Dominant Nationalty Rule says that a so-called dual citizen has the right to protection of the country with which they they have the most ties; and (3) The Rule of State Nonresponsibility that a state has no right to protect a citizen–or steal from them–if they are currently inside a country in which they have citizenship. FATCA conforms to none of the international rules of dual citizenship.
By completely disregarding the international doctrines of dual citizenship, the United States is a rogue nation, forcing other countries to “out” instead of protecting their own citizens.
The above statement of the Assistant Secretary raises a serious moral issue. If US Treasury wishes to ignore international law, then it is the United States which is involved in the illicit activity, not innocent Canadians who live in Canada and carry out their activities under the protection of the Canadian government (or the citizens of any other country for that matter). The immoral SOBs are not the accidental Americans–people whose only failure was birth in the United States–but the United States for taxing them.
The end result of immoral activity by the United States is war. We now see wars around the globe that the United States has instigated: Syria, Libya, Iraq, Egypt, Ukraine, and Israel/Palestine. The US is funding terrorists and neo-nazis in these various countries and it is causing instability, war, and death. FATCA is an extension within the financial realm of US imperial policy. It is financial terrorism: Financial American Terrorism Contra All.
Thanks very much, PatCanadian, for doing this interview!
The author, Douglas Todd made contact with Pat, due to Pat having contacted the Vancouver Sun regarding their coverage of FATCA/US tax policy on Canadians.
He also asked Pat if she could help him get in touch with other people affected by this – several other Brockers/Sandboxers have – and also at the end of the article asks people to get in touch with him. I’m wondering (hoping!) that’s because he plans to do more coverage of this important issue.
It’s a complex issue with several, if not many, facets. If you’d like to share your story, or general information about the issue, and/or suggest another article focusing on a specific aspect/s of the problem, it may well be worth getting in touch with him.
President Barack Obama plans to go on the offensive later Thursday against companies that use cross-border mergers to avoid U.S. taxes, accusing them of essentially renouncing their American citizenship to shield profits. Bloomberg reports Obama will say in Los Angeles that companies using so-called inversions benefit from the economic advantages of being in the U.S. while adding to the tax burden of middle-class families. Democrats have called for action to stop inversions but analysts say near-term chances of legislation being enacted are very low.
Renouncing citizenship would appear to be a heinous crime, similar to treason. One such criminal, Peter Dunn, also appeared in a MarketWatch article by Al Lewis:
I feel honoured to be in a special class of criminal merely for exercising my universal and fundamental right to change my nationality.
Worry and concern but no actual statement on what the Liberals will do (or would have done) about the FATCA IGA implementation in Canada.
From: Alex Lysyshyn
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:39 AM
Subject: Re: Re: Leaders lead. You make it happen.
... Be part of the change | Faites partie du changement ...
Alex Lysys Alex Lysyshyn (Liberal / Assistance)
23 Jul 12:39
Thank you for taking the time to write to us regarding the implications the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has on some Canadians.
As you may know, in February of this year the Government of Canada entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the U.S. regarding FATCA requirements. Under these rules the Canada Revenue Agency will collect tax information on Canadians who are U.S. citizens and then hand that information over to the IRS.
Before the agreement which came into effect on July 1, the Liberal Party of Canada raised the issue in Question Period, pressing the Conservative government to do the right thing for Canadians. We believe that the Government of Canada should stand up for honest, hardworking people who have been caught up by overly complex American tax rules. They are not tax cheats and we encouraged Stephen Harper to stand up for them.
We have concerns that the agreement reached with the U.S. may not stand up to a Constitutional challenge given that it forces the banks to treat clients differently based on their national origin, something forbidden by Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Liberals believe Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird should have asked the U.S. for amnesty against penalties as the IRS’s Foreign Bank Account Reporting requirements were not adequately communicated to dual-citizens living in Canada. In addition, we encouraged Finance Minister Joe Oliver to work to amend the agreement so that the IRS would not tax savings vehicles such as TFSAs and RESPs. We were pleased to learn these registered plans have since been exempted from reporting by the banks but continue to worry that the IRS may view them as taxable when dual citizens file their returns.
For more information on how FATCA affects Canadians, you can visit the Department of Finance website at: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-018-eng.asp
Thank you again for writing.
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And I heard all Europeans loved Obama. The shipyard workers are worried though that their own president is spineless.
The owner of Le Ralliement, a café patronized by shipyard workers a few hundred metres from where the Vladivostok is docked, bristled with anger at Mr. Cameron and Barack Obama, the U.S. president.
“Obama should get off our case and concentrate on solving America’s problems,” said the burly 62-year-old, who declined to be named.
Thumping his hands on the bar for emphasis, he added, “As for Cameron, he should stop being the voice of his master and obediently repeating everything Obama says. If he wants to be heard in Europe, he should act as if he’s part of it.”
He stroked his moustache before going on, “The British should have been kicked out of the European Union when they chose not to take the euro like everyone else. And that soft president of ours hasn’t got the guts to stand up to anyone.”
Asked if it was morally justifiable to sell sophisticated warships to Russia after the downing of Flight MH17 by a missile which Washington says was fired from an area in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Moscow rebels, the café owner replied, “If we don’t sell ships to them, someone else will.”
Around the port, used by the Nazis as a submarine base in the Second World War, many shared his opinion, even if they expressed it less vehemently.Stephane Gohaud, a 46-year-old taxi driver, described the MH17 disaster as “horrifying and tragic”, but added, “[The plane] should never have flown over a war zone. I don’t believe the Russians wanted it to be shot. It was a horrible mistake.”
Life planning, Career planning and the Reality of U.S. Citizenship for Americans Abroad including Life Preparation for U.S.Citizen-children of U.S.Citizens
These seminars will include discussion and analysis of the IRS “relaxed opportunities” for people to come into compliance.
It is estimated there are 7 million U.S. citizens living outside the United States. Some of these people don’t know that the U.S. may consider them to be citizens. The vast majority of these Americans abroad (according to U.S. law), are required to file tax returns and complete information reporting forms to the United States. Although “citizenship-based” taxation has existed for years, what is new is the enforcement.
On February 5, Canada signed an Intergovernmental Agreement with the United States concerning the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. This enables the US to receive enhanced financial information of Canadians (account numbers, balances, deposits, withdrawals); information the Canadian banks were never permitted to send to the CRA due to our privacy laws. This reporting applies to those deemed “US Persons” which includes citizens, green card holders,”Accidental Americans,” “border babies,” and will affect the families of anyone considered as such by the US. On Canada Day, July 1, 2014, Canadian financial institutions began to determine what accounts are “reportable accounts.” Information regarding those accounts will be passed on to the CRA who will, in turn, pass this information on to the IRS. The late Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty emphasized that the CRA will not collect taxes for any person who was a Canadian citizen at the time the tax was incurred, nor will any penalties be collected concerning FBAR (Foreign Bank Account Report). This situation is causing confusion and concern for anyone who may have a US connection, whether it be actual citizenship, a member of the family, etc. This information session will focus on these issues which include:
Are you a US citizen?
Are you still a US citizen?
Are your children US citizens?
What is an Accidental American?
Filing US tax returns
What is involved?
Filing information returns (FBAR, 8938, 3520A & 3520, 5471, 8621 etc)
Reasonable cause (avoiding penalties)
Financial Planning Issues:
Treatment of tax-deferred savings plans
Treatment of Mutual Funds (PFICs)
What might FATCA mean for me?
Will FATCA make it harder for me to cross the border?
Does it make sense to give up US citizenship?
Presenter: John Richardson, B.A., L.L.B., J.D CitizenshipSolutions.ca
John Richardson is a Toronto lawyer and a member of the Ontario Bar. He is also a member of the American Citizens Abroad (ACA) Professional Tax Advisory Council (PTAC).
When: Monday, August 25, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Beaches Presbyterian Church, 65 Glen Manor Drive, Toronto M4E 2X2 MAP
Admission: $20 individual or $40 for a family of up to four people
Hope to see you and your families on August 25. Spread the word!