Author Archives: USCitizenAbroad
ADCS FATCA Lawsuit Referenced In Context Of Article About The US Canada Tax Treaty
March 30, 2022 – The Next Step In A Long Journey
Long-awaited ADCS-ADSC, 'Gwen and Kazia' FATCA appeal hearing in Canada takes place today – March 30, 2022 https://t.co/QbWGgp4mdu
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) March 30, 2022
The ADCS Lawsuit Discussed In The Legal World
On the eve of the @ADCSovereignty #FATCA Canada lawsuit appeal, here is an article that discusses the history of the case and how it relates to the Can/US Tax Treaty. https://t.co/WyBfb55deL
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) March 29, 2022
I came across an interesting article today. The article is of interest for at least four reasons which include:
Ten years ago today: The @IsaacBrockSoc (per Petros) broke the news of Santa’s arrest
Circa December 24, 2011 Breaking News: In anticipation of #FATCA, Santa Claus arrested as part of Obama #FBARFundraiser https://t.co/5hqKrFYXtx
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) December 24, 2021
Over the last ten years, the Isaac Brock Society has been a source of research and education. It has also been a source of news reporting:
“Reporting On What The Mainstream Media Would Never Have The Courage To Report”
For example …
On December 24, 2011 Brock (per Petros) was the first to report the arrest of Santa Claus along with the shocking accusation of Santa’s possible US citizenship.
December 2021: Brock Turns 10 – Special Thanks to Pacifica777 For Her Moderation
A Tenth Anniversary
People often overestimate what they can achieve in one year and underestimate what they can achieve in ten years!
From @HelenBurggraf 2016: Isaac Brock Society: Blog of Canadian 'Accidental Americans' becomes global info resource https://t.co/ZZMQObwGmX
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) December 18, 2021
The Isaac Brock Society was launched in December of 20211 on wordpress.com. In early December 2011 I received an invitation from Petros (one of the original founders of Brock) to participate as an author. My first post was on December 12, 2011. That first post was the first in more than 500 more original posts and (I am guessing) thousands of comments. Brock was formed after the summer of 2011 which was a particularly significant period of US hostilities toward Americans abroad. This hostility was facilitated in equal parts by:
– the media (delivering messages from the IRS and compliance industry)
– the IRS (conflating resident Americans with Americans abroad)
– the cross border compliance industry (pressuring long term Americans abroad to enter the OVDI/OVDP programs)
The Summer of 2011 And The World Which Spawned Brock
Good article that accurately explains why people are renouncing US citizenship
Interesting article that accurately explains WHY people are renouncing US citizenship – AKA #citizide: "COMMENTARY: U.S. citizenship is not as coveted as it once was – National" | https://t.co/r5V8GeCTh7 https://t.co/WRVgZ3ZijC
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) September 12, 2020
The above tweet references the article written by Brett Goodin. Although not entirely free of technical errors (let’s not point out the errors in the comments to this post), the article debunks the absurd suggestions that individuals are renouncing for political reasons or because of the coronavirus.
Mr. Goodin writes that:
NPR Article focuses on the “foreignness” of the individuals receiving the $1200 checks – Maybe it’s really a new Marshall Plan
Rewarding nonresident aliens who filed a 1040 instead of a 1040NR …
Foreign Workers Living Overseas Mistakenly Received $1,200 U.S. Stimulus Checks https://t.co/paaAkliTPF
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) September 10, 2020
As has been widely discussed on Brock, there has been much discussion of:
1. Nonresidents of the United States receiving the $1200 CARES Act payment; and
2. The fact that certain US citizens whose spouse does not have a Social Security number were disentitled by statute from receiving the payment.
It appears that the media has woken up this reality. The NPR article was referenced in a September 9, 2020 article in the Washington Post. The comments to the article are fascinating and I think worth the read. For example:
FWIW, I live in Germany and have still not received my stimulus check either. I spent hours on the phone with IRS to find out why. The representative I spoke with said they had not received my 2018 or 19 tax returns, both of which I had filed. I checked with my accountant, who informed me that when they tried to do an electronic filing, it had been rejected and they had to send a paper filing. We have followed up both by fax and by paper, again, and still nothing. I’m not sure if I’ll ever see a dime, don’t know if it’s the IRS or USPS holding things up, but am to the point that I wonder why I have to file every year if they aren’t going to bother to process my returns.
I know of at least one non-resident who received a check overseas. I assumed it was because he was receiving Social Security payments from 10+ years of working in the US. How many others are there?
Its been 5 months, told twice they mailed a check to us overseas. Never received it. I was told no International mail came from the US postal service, guess that was a lie too.
Checks to deceased U.S. citizens?
Checks to non-citizens?
And people wonder why the national debt is exploding under “Only I can fix it” Chump
Could it be that the United States is actually establishing a new “Marshall Plan” to assist the rest of the COVID-19 afflicted world?
July 2020: Heightened Canada Revenue Agency Enforcement of #FATCA IGAs Likely To Lead To More Renunciations of US Citizenship
In March of 2020, @LizT1 warned that CDN Financial Institutions would come under increasing pressure to tighten the compliance requirements in #FATCA IGAs. "U.S. tax rules raising the stakes for Canadian residents with American citizenship" | CBC News https://t.co/2FdUY78ZlV
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) September 6, 2020
March 2020: From Elizabeth Thompson of CBC …
US citizen consular services begin to open up, appointments for visas or renunciation are not available until further notice
August 13, 2020: On the one hand (at least in Toronto) U.S. Citizen Services are opening up …
U.S. DIPLOMATIC MISSION TO CANADA
Message to U.S. Citizens in Canada: U.S. Consulate General Toronto resumes most American citizen services
AUGUST 13, 2020
Event: U.S. Consulate General Toronto resumes public appointments for American citizen services
BEGIN Message for U.S. Citizens
The U.S. Consulate General Toronto is now accepting a limited number of appointments for most U.S. citizen services. You can request an appointment for routine and emergency passport services, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) services, and adult citizenship claims by emailing us at TorontoPassport@state.gov. Please note that appointment numbers are limited to prevent crowding, and therefore wait times for appointments will be longer than normal. We appreciate your patience and support for our mutual efforts to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
We are not offering routine visa services at this time. For information on visa appointments, visit https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ca/niv.
August 15, 2020: On the other hand renunciation appointments are closed down with no reopening in sight …
The health and safety of those who work at and visit the Embassy and Consulates is our highest priority. In response to the global pandemic COVID-19, and in line with the Canadian government’s call to increase social distancing, the CLN Processing Center has suspended Loss of Nationality services until further notice. We will resume routine services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
Please be advised that at this time, appointments through the end of July have already been canceled and we have yet to determine if further cancelations are to be made. Canceled appointments will be rescheduled prior to scheduling new appointments from the current queue when we eventually resume with this service. Please note that we have suspended scheduling and rescheduling for the foreseeable future and will resume when we have returned to normal routine operations. It will take several months to recover from the backlog, however your place in the queue remains unchanged.
We regret any inconvenience caused by the suspension of this service and appreciate your support for our efforts to safeguard U.S. facilities and prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Canada.
The S. 6039G public disclosure of those renouncing US citizenship suggests the USA is not a safe place for the transmission of personal data
Prologue: From Facebook To FATCA
Circa 2013: From Facebook to #FATCA – How Social Media Has Created A "Lack Of Privacy" Consciousness in America https://t.co/q7bIEFW5rd via @USCitizenAbroad
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) August 12, 2020
The above tweet references a 2013 post suggesting that the rise of Social Media in the United States resulted in a diminishment in the value of privacy in the United States. At a bare minimum, FATCA is an assault on privacy rights.
Jenny’s UK FATCA Lawsuit Is Based On The FATCA IGAs Violating Privacy Rights
The inability to prove US citizenship as a way of stripping US citizenship from those who want it and denying individuals the right to renounce if they have it
Factoid 1: Constructively stripping people of citizenship by not issuing them passports or questioning their birth certificates
This cuts both ways. It denies the benefits of citizenship from those who want to be US citizens. But, interestingly there is a group of people who are prevented from renouncing (and getting that CLN) because they can't prove citizenship.
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) August 11, 2020
The above tweet references a fascinating discussion from Open Society Justice Initiative about the weaponization of citizenship.
From page 9 …