Somewhere around right about now, three years ago, the worldwide U.S. person horror show began its gruesome run. This fright night still plays strong in pretty well any country outside the United States that you may happen to reside in.
Here are my nominations for the top three quotations so far, in chronological order. Notice that two of the three characters have already departed the scene.
FATCA has far-reaching extraterritorial implications. It would turn Canadian banks into extensions of the IRS and would raise significant privacy concerns for Canadians. … Canada is not a tax haven. People do not flock to Canada to avoid paying taxes.
— Jim Flaherty (then Canadian Minister of Finance) 16 Sept 2011
My message on this one is to sit tight. We are not unreasonable. We are not unsympathetic. We are not irresponsible.
— David Jacobson (then US Ambassador to Canada) 18 Oct 2011
Political signals from the United States show that expatriation and tax policies are likely to get harsher. … The cost of expatriation now is less than the expected future cost of expatriation. Better to take the medicine now rather than later. … Expect the same exit tax rules, but more of them, and worse. Expect more expatriations. … Get out while the getting is semi-good. Don’t wait for more time. More time means more laws.
— Phil Hodgen (still a tax lawyer) 5 June 2012
Feel free to propose other sourced contenders in comments to this posting.