The Centre for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P), a US-based organisation which seeks to “promote economic prosperity by advocating competitive markets and limited government” is one of the high-profile critics of America’s soon-to-be implemented Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). This controversial new piece of legislation, say its opponents, will be financially detrimental to the vast majority US citizens living abroad.
Here the President of the CF&P, Andrew F. Quinlan, shares his FATCA concerns in an exclusive interview with iexpats.com.
You, and the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, have been vocal opponents of FATCA. Why do you feel this new piece of legislation, which aims to catch tax evaders, ought to be repealed? Why are you lending your support for the anti-FATCA campaign?
First and foremost, the law simply doesn’t do what it is purported to do. Rather than target actual tax cheats, it burdens all Americans living and working abroad as if that were tantamount to criminality. As a result of FATCA’s sweeping new burdens, American expats are now toxic assets. Unwanted by foreign banks and financial institutions, and hounded by a government that has scapegoated them for problems created by the profligate spending of politicians, it’s not a good time to be making a living as an American abroad.
Overall, FATCA is just an affront to the principles and mission of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity. It violates the fundamental financial privacy of millions of Americans, eviscerates the most basic and long standing concepts of national sovereignty, and seeks to limit tax competition by controlling the free flow of capital. Furthermore, the economic harm to the US in terms of lost investment, and just to the world economy as a whole, may far outstrip the minimal “revenues” expected to be collected by the government.
Simply put, it is not properly the responsibility of the entire world to chase down every last potential dollar for US politicians to waste, all the while footing the bill for the pleasure.