Here is a list of international Certifying Acceptance Agents for the IRS. In particular the IRS site mentions some of the big FATCA compliance firms:
National / International CPA Firms *
Deloitte and Touche, LLP
Ernst & Young LLP
For a list of Canadian IRS agents, see this list.
Comment: The IRS agents in our midst are operating an illegitimate business
No free country in the world actually allows the agents of the revenue service of a foreign country operate within its borders. To do so would be to admit the loss of sovereignty. But certifying agents of the IRS are doing work for the IRS.
This is similar to the tax collection system in the Roman Empire. Tax collectors were actually independent operators who had a quota. Whatever they collect above and beyond the quota, they were able to keep as a profit for their efforts. The Bible has the famous story of Zacchaeus, who had cheated and stolen from people, but when he came to Jesus, promised to give half of his money to the poor and to pay back four-fold what he had extorted from his clients. But many other Roman tax collectors never repented, and they were despised by the people. At the time of the outbreak of Jewish War in AD 66, these tax collectors suffered a grim fate with all the other Roman collaborators.
I have spoken to people who have used the cross-border tax industry in Canada and their experience with it. Here are some of the examples of how these cross-border specialists are actually IRS agents in our midst:
- They use the fear tactics of the IRS against their clients. For example, they use the fear of FATCA to tell their clients that the IRS will eventually catch up to them.
- They assume that the client is a US citizen. Whether this is out of absolute ignorance of international law and US immigration law, I cannot say. The first question one must ask is if one is really a US citizen. No one should send any money to the IRS without knowing it, but the IRS agents in our midst are vultures who will tell you that you cannot hide.
- They have been regularly responsible for bringing their clients into the make-believe land where you have no rights called “OVDP”, saying it is the best option for people who want to avoid financial ruin, when in fact, financial ruin is assured for many who enter the program. But this has led to the destruction of their clients, much to the greater felicity of the criminal agency called the IRS.
- The IRS agents in our midst may never tell you to disobey US law or the rules of the IRS. Since we are in the jurisdiction of Canada, the laws of the United States are not enforceable here. Why should anyone here obey them? But you will never hear that from an IRS agent in our midst. Yet the Canadian government has said it will not collect for the IRS from a Canadian citizen nor will it collect FBAR fines.
These cross-border firms are not legitimate businesses in Canada or other countries. Once we win the lawsuit, our next task will be to lobby Ottawa to ban firms whose occupation is to collect taxes from law-abiding Canadian taxpayers.
We can see an example of an illegitimate business in Dicken’s Oliver Twist: Fagin provides housing and food for a merry band of child pickpockets. He keeps the larger portion of their hard-earned profits. The IRS is Fagin. The pickpockets are the cross-border accountants. If the IRS may not have any of their employees operate in Canada freely, then why do we allow these certifying acceptance IRS agents operate in Canada?
A note to the media: Stop using these IRS agents as the main source for your stories. When you do so, you become purveyors of IRS propaganda and free advertisers for the illegitimate business of the IRS agents in our midst. It is journalistic laziness.