I don’t see anything yet posted here on Lynne and Victoria’s latest published works so I’ll take the opportunity to pass it along so it can be quoted elsewhere, From Tax-News, Global Tax News: Lynne Swanson and Victoria Ferauge and their “FATCA Reality Check”.
Thanks once again, Victoria and Lynne.
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I cannot find any way to add comments, but I can’t let go by my responsibility to thank you for publishing: FATCA Reality Check, contributed by Lynne Swanson and Victoria Ferauge, October 09, 2013.
This is such an important issue. There needs to be a voice for the approximately 7 million US Persons Abroad as they do not have the numbers, the organization or the money behind them that the FATCA compliance industry does, ramped up to help steamroll people who are absolutely not criminals in its quest to find US tax evaders.
None of us (most of whom are regular middle-class residents and citizens of other countries and who pay our full taxes to the countries that give us our benefits – with Residence-Based Taxation) are against the purpose of FATCA. We are appalled that the US hangs onto Citizenship-Based Taxation, their cash cow reaping reward with outrageous penalties, not actual taxes owed to the US. That the US will not change to Residence-Based Taxation as that of the rest of the world (save Eritrea and the US) tells the US immoral story of FATCA. The tax evaders the US is looking for actually reside within the borders of the US and send their untaxed funds offshore. It is not rocket science to understand this.
Thank you for publishing “FATCA Reality Check” by Lynne Swanson and Victoria Ferauge and providing their voice for US Persons Abroad, many of whom do not yet know how they will be affected; i.e. “It can’t possibly affect me; I am not a tax evader.” Education and advocacy for these people is so needed. Thank you for doing your part.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada