I can’t find the thread here where we discussed this during the bumpy ride last week as Petros jacked up the IBS bus and redid the wheels, but according to Allison Christians blog it seems that Victoria has, after initial refusal by the OECD to the ACA, gotten the go-ahead to attend OECD meeting “on behalf of ACA and all the people I know who are keenly interested in this topic. I plan on taking lots and lots of notes” http://taxpol.blogspot.ch/2013/02/oecd-public-briefing-not-really-public.html I understand that she will be attending today, the 12th.
For those of you who do not know Victoria, here is her own blog: http://thefranco-americanflophouse.blogspot.ca
Bon Courage Victoria!!!
@Petros Would it make sense to add the blog that Allison Christians participates on “Tax, Society & Culture” to wit: http://taxpol.blogspot.ch/ to the resources at the bottom of the IBS homepage? Although there are two other authors and other topics outside FATBARDT discussed, it is the same with Jack Townsend “Federal Tax Crimes”. @All do you agree with the suggestion, and/or any other suggestions? I would suggest http://www.fatcareport.com/, they list us as “Friends of Fatcareport”.
I think you are talking about Victoria, not Veronica 🙂
Victoria of American-Franco flop house is going.
I agree about adding Allison Christians blog as a resource. I always read her.
That would be Victoria Ferauge not Veronica. This is great news. Can’t wait to read all about it at Victoria’s blog and no doubt right here at Brock too.
@ Just Me
Your fingers are faster than mine. I’m sure JDT will make a correction.
@Just Me @Em Yes, I messed up, strange mental slip. Already fixed. Thanks…
No problem. I actually wrote an e-mail to Minister Flaherty once and used FACTA instead of FATCA throughout. Today I found out there actually is a FACTA (something about credit transactions). The tricks our minds will play …
@em, I have heard plenty of people pronouce FATCA in a way that sounds like FACTA, even in the FATCA forum. I don’t think that FATBARDT can be mis-pronounced however.
Thank you, Jefferson, for the “Bon courage.” I’ll be leaving for Paris in about an hour or so. The meeting is being held at the OECD conference center in the 16th. Allison Christians reminded me to bring my passport which I hadn’t thought about but, yep, I think she’s right so I dug it out.
Should be interesting. This is really a unique opportunity to listen to the people trying to implement FATCA and to hear the questions other participants (banks and government officials) have asked about the law. (There will be no other Q and A – no open questions).
I can’t thank enough ACA for asking me to attend on their behalf. I don’t think as a blogger they would have let me in. Allison Christians too for encouraging me to call back after they refused the first time. I read her words and thought, well, it’s worth a shot, right? I then talked to a very nice person at the OECD who said she’d look into it. She got back to me yesterday afternoon and the answer was “we found you a seat.”
Hope all goes well. I’ll let you know what happens.
Not a problem. I do it ALL the time. Thought you would want to know to correct your headline. 🙂 Bottomline, we are all glad that Victoria is on her way!
@Victoria Are you allowed to record the meeting (at least audio)? So you can’t speak even in Q&A, that is a shame. But that will not prevent us from following up on what they have to say at the meeting. I bet there might be other non “compliance complex” observers there too, maybe you can bump into them and network. Good luck. Great that you are within range for the day. Good luck with the RER!
Can’t wait to read your report, Victoria. Thanks for attending!
Oh Victoria! What exciting news. I am so grateful that you agreed to go, and to Allison Christians for raising the idea, and to ACA for asking that you go on their behalf. You are so articulate, so well reasoned and so familiar with all this from the beginning.
It lifts my spirits to see this.
Thank you so much for doing this.
Take good care.
@Victoria, I too cannot wait to read your report!!
Victoria is back from the OECD meeting and says she is compiling her notes and will post later …
http://thefranco-americanflophouse.blogspot.ca/ … can’t wait to read what she will write. It will be fascinating. It will be well thought out. It will be eloquently expressed. NO DOUBT!