UPDATE September 2, 2014
[Thanks to Eurotwig#4 for today's repeat donation -- this time, to make a point, in Australian dollars.]
This e-mail accompanied a donation:
“I am a pensioner and do not, in the end, pay any tax to the US government. However, it is a cost to me to have the taxes and FBAR prepared every year by an accountant. This is unacceptable. The US keeps adding insult to injury, first with FATCA and now with the nearly fivefold increase in the cost to renounce US citizenship.
I am sending $25 now and will send more later. At age 70 I will be substitute teaching, not only because I enjoy it, but because financially I need to. I hope there are those with deeper pockets who will step up to be counted in helping to defray the costs of this lawsuit. Our present Canadian government should hang its head in shame for allowing itself to be bullied by the US and for turning its back on at least one million US expats living in Canada. We deserve a government that will protect us in every way, including our privacy.” [posted with permission]
FATCA agreement lawsuit filed on August 11, 2014 in Canadian Federal Court. Plaintiffs are Ginny and Gwen. See Claims [Attorney General will likely respond to Claims by end of September]. See also press release.
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We also need CANADIAN WITNESSES willing to disclose publicly for lawsuit:
—Canadians born in Canada to one or both U.S. parents
—IRS compliant pensioners of limited means
—Green Card holders, especially those who did not “check out” of their Green Card status “properly”
—Snowbirds now deemed to be “U.S. persons”
—Non-U.S. business partners or employers of “U.S. persons.”
—Executors of estates of “U.S. persons”
—Anyone not allowed to open or keep bank account because of refusal to provide info on U.S. personhood (HSBC bank?)
If you are interested, and are in the above categories or in another that you think could be helpful, contact me asap at ADCS website.
Mr. Wilton Tidwell posted a comment on Brock which may explain why it will be difficult to find Witnesses willing to disclose:
“All of us would love to see someone else challenge the establishment. The reason we want someone else to do it is because it involves risk. If someone else does it we will reap the reward without taking the risk.
….People of this caliber [like Ginny and Gwen] only come along infrequently ..so would someone please find some people like I want, so I don’t have to do it!”
Who wants us to fail?
People who do not like the “Sovereignty” word.
Who are the Plaintiffs Ginny and Gwen?
Ginny and Gwen are Canadians. Both were born in the United States but left at age 5 to live in Canada. Ginny is a retired lawyer and Gwen is a graphics designer. They have never held a U.S. passport or developed any meaningful relationship with the U.S. (See also Claims). They have always considered themselves to be: Canadians. Ginny and Gwen are not “IRS compliant”.
The RISKS Ginny and Gwen have accepted ON OUR BEHALF include:
—Public exposure of name, and possibly those of family members, and details of private information about finances and other personal information.
—Cross examination by hostile Government of Canada lawyers.
—Disclosure of IRS non-compliance to the IRS.
—Should the Plaintiffs be unsuccessful in the litigation (a possibility) the court may order Ginny and Gwen — personally — to pay a portion of the Government’s costs. [Because we are all in this together, we need to raise the necessary monies through donations to cover these costs.]
An Editorial in The Windsor Star (her home town in Ontario) has this to say about Ginny:
The Star’s view: Ginny Hillis is a bureaucracy-fighting hero
“Let’s hear it for Ginny Hillis, a 68-year-old retired Windsor lawyer who this week told both the IRS and Canada Revenue Agency to pound salt.
She and a woman from Toronto have done what no politician in this country has had the guts to do, which is tell the U.S. government it has no right to know anything about the personal finances of those born stateside but legally residing here….
…Now Hillis has taken matters into her own hands in a case filed by the Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty against the Attorney General of Canada.
Not only do we hope she wins, we hope others support her in the cause.”
Co-Plaintiff Gwen’s comment in the Windsor Star:
“I am the “other woman in Toronto”, Ginny’s co-plaintiff, and you have hit the nail on the head. She is a hero and we thank you for this fantastic coverage. This is one of the most refreshing articles about this issue to date…”
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