Posted on March 19, 2013 by USCitizenAbroad Posted in Issues regarding US persons abroad 41 Comments @mopsicktaxlaw Great post on”FATCA Feast” think you salivating people mean “stakeholders” – not “steakholders” mopsicktaxlaw.blogspot.ca/2013/03/on-jan… — U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) March 19, 2013 Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...
Hello Steven (no doubt you keep an Eye on things here).
I had once checked one of the state sites for the ethics code of a laywer in a typical state (I used Arizona where I mistakenly thought he was located). There were really only 2 major principals: 1 Always maintain the confidentiality of his client, and 2) no conflicts of interest.
Steven, are you representing clients at the same time you are helping out to accelerate the compliance industry complex?
@ Tim, re http://isaacbrocksociety.ca/2013/03/19/newest-mopsick-post-thoughts-on-the-homeland-perspective/comment-page-1/#comment-236800 March 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm
You are right, there have been very clear, principled and informed opinions against FATCA posted here from quite a few individual NDP MPs, and even a few Liberals. But where is the party-wide formal position statement? Where is the hammering on Harper in the parliament and in the media – publicly?
I know of NDPs who have tried to get an answer from Mulcair or his office on his position re FATCA and got nothing – not even a form letter. That seems too much like stonewalling to me.
That might mean as someone said previously, (that given similarities or congruence on other issues), FATCA may spur people to choose to vote Green over NDP. FATCA may be such a threat that even those who usually vote Liberal or Conservative may decide not to – with FATCA being the most important factor. I also don’t see why the NDP can’t choose to collaborate with the Green party on anti-FATCA in order to protect their fellow Canadian citizens and residents – and press Harper publicly. Despite being rival parties, coalitions can be formed on single issues in order to oppose threats to human rights, protect our Charter, and constitution, and preserve national sovereignty and autonomy, and this certainly is one of those issues.
FATCA will NOT solve any perceived problems Canada and other countries are having with their ‘tax gaps’. If they want to address that, they should bypass the US and the OECD, and make it a multilateral agreement.
the US continues to stake an unopposed global extraterritorial claim on masses of other countries’ citizens and resident taxpayers as harvest-able asset-producers for life and beyond – via their estates.
Why this isn’t apparent to Canadian and other politicians by now escapes me.
@ USCitzenAbroad, re your message to Mopsick – “Great post on “FATCA Feast” think you salivating people mean “stakeholders” – not “steakholders” . Great tweet.
Actually, I think his was a very meaningful Freudian slip. He really did think ‘steak’-holders, as in those of us ‘abroad’ being meaty prey for the FATCA-natics and Compliance Enforcement Industrial Complex. He could have been using it ironically, but I don’t think so.
I saw a comment above that Steven is no longer allowing some of the IBS people to comment on his blog. Is this true? If so, that would be a shame.
The only way he can tell would be if the Anonymous pull down did not work, and it did not work for me. Either that or he has a proactive smart-ass detecter programmed in.
It looks like it now might only be taking comments from people who have Google accounts. Never heard of that. But I have seen sites that only took comments if you have a Facebook account.
gotta cover the bases when playing both pitcher and batter
@Michael Miller ;
Yes, access denied, unless we want to give Google our business (and hand over our personal information). I guess Steven has had enough of us – even when we are polite, and go the extra mile to cite reputable sources as the basis for our comments, questions, and complaints.
There is a lot of injustice in this world, and its a lawyer’s job to profit from that.
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A lawyer is a person who helps you get what’s coming to him.
Love that one…sad thing is it is true.
Back in May of last year, Steven Mopsick has been invited to serve as a member of American Citizens Abroad (ACA) Professional Tax Advisory Panel (PTAC).
He ends his post by “I am eager to be involved in this group and fight for the rights of Americans living abroad.”
That’s not the impression I got when I read his summary of the FATCA conference in Miami. There seem to be a pretty obvious conflict of interest between what he wrote in this post and the interests of ACA which is to repeal FATCA.
@badger, as I understand it, having a Google account isn’t enough. He would have to assign you to his circle. This means that he is only accepting comments from his FATCA-loving profit-seeking individuals who love big government with heavy regulations, extreme compliance costs and massive debt.
@swisspinoy, confirmed then that he doesn’t want to hear from those who actually live abroad.
Good cop, bad cop