Levin, McCain call for U.S. to refrain from FATCA negotiations with Russia
Without agreement, Russian banks face 30 percent tax on U.S. investments
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
WASHINGTON – Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz., today urged the Obama administration to continue to refrain from further negotiations with Russia on compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act until Russia ends its aggressive and destabilizing actions toward Ukraine.
Monthly Archives: April 2014
Quotes for ADCS/ADSC WEBSITE need from our international friends
We are working on the website to use for ADCS/ADSC fundraising for our legal challenge. We already have some quotes from Canadians across Canada.
We would also like to include quotes from our friends around the world. We have two quotes, but would like more.
If you live outside Canada and will contribute a quote of two or so sentences about how you feel about FATCA, please send it to Lynne Swanson at maplesandbox at yahoo dot ca by Friday May 2. Please also include a sentence on why you think the Canadian legal challenge is important.
If you use the french language, please provide your comment in french as well.
To protect your privacy, we will not use your real name, so please provide a suggested alias. Please also include your country.
If you are interested, you can also post your comment on Brock.
Our new ADCS-ADSC Logo
Marc Garneau asks whether a treaty has been properly tabled, its implementation plan Bill C-31…
Marc Garneau, “Tabling of Treaty” Points of Order, Routine Proceedings, April 28, 2014
…This agreement is indeed a treaty, and is even housed in the “treaty” section of the Department of Finance’s website.
With a treaty before us, our attention turns to the Government of Canada’s “Policy on Tabling of Treaties in Parliament”. I turn the attention of the House to part 6.2 of that policy, which states in part (b):
For treaties that require implementing legislation before the Government can proceed to ratification, acceptance, approval or accession…the Government will:
Observe a waiting period of at least twenty-one sitting days before the introduction of the necessary implementing legislation in Parliament…
I have made a search of the Journals and I am unable to find any notice of this treaty being tabled before this body prior to 21 days before the introduction of Bill C-31. This leads me to believe that the government may have sought to use the exception to this part of the tabling policy, but that stipulates:
If an exception is granted, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will inform the House of Commons that Canada has agreed to be bound by the instrument at the earliest opportunity following the ratification.
That is from 6.3, part (b), of the government’s “Policy on Tabling of Treaties in Parliament”.
Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty (ADCS)/L’Alliance pour la défense de la souveraineté canadienne (ADSC) is established in Canada/est créée au Canada
We have now incorporated a Canadian non-profit organization with Corporations Canada:
“Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty (ADCS)/L’Alliance
pour la défense de la souveraineté canadienne (ADSC)”
ADCS/ADSC is not affiliated with any other organization.
The present Board Directors are listed below. Other individuals critical in setting up ADCS/ADSC are Gwendolyn Brock, K. Badger, and many others. Lynne Swanson will chair the legal challenge committee.
The overall purpose of the Corporation is to defend Canadian sovereignty and protect all persons in Canada from the attempts of other countries to impose their “extra-territorial legislation” on Canada.”
Its immediate objective is to fund a legal challenge to oppose changes in Canadian laws that would impose the U.S. FATCA law on all people in Canada.
Given that the Canadian government has extensive financial resources (courtesy of the taxpayers of Canada), significant monies need to be raised. We are counting on your support.
Stephen Kish (Chair)
John Richardson (co-Chair)
Patricia Moon (Secretary/Treasurer)
Carol Tapanila (Director)
Nous avons maintenant constitué une organisation canadienne à but non lucratif auprès de Corporations Canada :
“Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty (ADCS)/L’Alliance pour la défense de la souveraineté canadienne (ADSC)”
ADCS/ADSC n’est pas affiliée avec aucune autre organisation.
Les noms des administrateurs du conseil actuels apparaissent ci-dessous. D’autres individus indispensables à la création d’ADCS/ADSC sont Gwendolyn Brock, K. Badger et plusieurs autres. Lynne Swanson sera la présidente du comité responsable de la contestation judiciaire.
Le but global de l’organisation est de défendre la souveraineté canadienne et de protéger toute personne au Canada face aux tentatives de pays étrangers d’imposer leurs « lois à portée extraterritoriale » au Canada.
Son but immédiat est de lever les fonds nécessaires pour opposer tout changement aux lois canadiennes qui imposerait la loi américaine FATCA à tout individu au Canada.
Étant donné les vastes ressources financières du gouvernement canadien (gracieuseté des contribuables du Canada), nous devons recueillir des sommes considérables. Votre appui nous est indispensable.
Stephen Kish (Président),
John Richardson (Vice-Président),
Patricia Moon (Secrétaire/Trésorière)
Carol Tapanila (Administrateur)
Two Faces of American Emigration/Expatriation
Cross-posted from The Flophouse. Also, just for fun (and because my mom bugs me about keeping the bloghouse tidy) I updated the page of Flophouse posts, articles, interview and links on the page called The American Diaspora Tax War of 2012-2014: The fight against FATCA and citizenship-based taxation. Anything up there, folks, is all yours if you want to quote or repost.
I think it is fair to say that the face of American emigration/expatriation today is Eduardo Saverin. That is the name that consistently comes up when I talk with homelanders about Americans abroad and our relationship to the U.S. tax system. This is the face, the poster child if you will, that supports the narrative that Americans abroad have all fled the US to escape taxes. That’s right, folks, American emigration is all about criminal behaviour unless we can prove otherwise to the satisfaction of our compatriots.
How powerful is this narrative in the homeland? Powerful enough that two senators tried to get a law passed based on that one highly publicized case. The bill, called the ex-Patriot act, was introduced in reaction to Saverin’s renunciation and had a very clear objective: it was mean to punish past, present, and future expatriation – to prevent (or at least strongly discourage) Americans from leaving the US for other lands and cutting their ties to the American political community.
Kevin Shoom testifies before Senate National Finance Committee on Tuesday on FATCA. Bankers come Wednesday
My advice I would get moving on submissions this weekend. I did talk to the committee clerk who said there is no formal deadline but the sooner the better will be better for them.
2. Subject-matter of Bill C-31, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 11, 2014 and other measures. Part 5 (Clauses 99 to 101)(FATCA)
Associated Press, Adam Geller, interviews persons who don’t fit the stereotype…
This story is now live.
Among them, me.
“We the people….” declared the script inside her U.S. passport — now with four holes punched through it from cover to cover. Her departure from life as an American was stamped final on the same page: “Bearer Expatriated Self.”
In our several discussions, I had asked Adam if he learned about U.S. citizenship-based taxation in his U.S. schooling. His answer, once again: “No”. I appreciate the care and time Adam Geller took to illustrate that most who renounce U.S. citizenship do not fit the stereotype of FATCAT / tax evader / traitor. Ours should be the real story of renunciations.
This is a U.S. journalist who spent a lot of time talking with me, making sure he understood my story and, I’m sure, the same with the others in this AP article. You even get to see a pretty scruffy 70 year old me and my 73 year old husband who now has this strange woman for his wife.
Pro FATCA/CBT Young Turk “The Jerk” tells “middle class and poor” Americans to move “to Canada” WTF!!!
Is this guy a moron or what. So he wants ALL middle class Americans to move to Canada which in turn will make them subject to FATCA which will somehow even out income levels.
Young Turk also talks about Canada having “better” policies. Yeah like Residence based taxation.
Another IMPORTANT submission on Omnibus Bill C-31 (which allows implementation in Canada of the FATCA IGA) – Senate Committee on National Finance
I have a contact for The Standing Senate Committee on National Finance.
Letters or emails should be directed to these people regarding FACTA and IGA.
Clerk: Jodi Turner 613 990 4995
Assistant: Louise Martel 613 990 5285
General Information: 613 990 0088 or 1-800-267-7362
Fax: 613 947 2104
Senate Committee on National Finance
The Senate of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4
I think it will be the Senate National Finance Committee instead. Luckily that committee doesn’t look it is moving as fast on Bill C-31 as the Banking Committee so we have some more time. Additionally the chairman of the National Finance Committee is NOT a Conservative so that might be to our advantage.
You may send your submission in either Official Language to the Clerk of the Committee.