Several of us are getting together for lunch Saturday, 7 May 2022, at 1:00 pm at Montana’s, 1750 Ogilvie Road. Plenty of free parking on site, also accessible by OCTranspo. Hope you can join us too! Please rsvp by leaving a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org If you’re not comfortable with indoor get-togethers at this time, we’re also planning to have an outdoor one this Summer, probably in July.
As current AARO Board member Monte Silver seeks re-election, he is joined by a team of anti-CBT activists, many, if not all, of whom will be familiar to Brock readers.
Fabien Lehagre of l ‘Association des américains accidentels
Monte Silver, active in FATCA/CBT litigation in Israel and US
Laura Snyder of Stop Extraterritorial American Taxation
Thanks to JC for his comment on the media and blogs thread sharing Monte Silver’s Facebook post:
“CHANGE IS COMING
Two years ago, AARO (association of Americans Residing Overseas) asked me to join the board of directors and head it’s tax advocacy. Two years have passed and in mid- March 2022 or shortly thereafter, AARO’s public members will elect a new board of directors.
I believe that AARO can do great things in the area of expat advocacy, and beyond. However, I realized that this requires a fresh team. So I reached out to the most respected expat community activist leaders (ie people who do stuff!) to join me. Within days, they all agreed.
Fabien Lehagre, Karen Alpert, Laura Snyder, John Richardson, Keith Redmond and our fearless Washington DC lawyer Marc Zell are all part of the team.
We are now on the ballot. But to win we need you to join AARO and vote.
Together we can have fun, do neat things and take our advocacy up a few notches.
To join AARO and learn more – visit
Read about AARO‘s activities on FATCA and US citizenship-based taxation matters on the AARO site, on their “Issues”and “Advocacy” pages.
FATCA IGA Legislation Trial at Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal — Court files now say: “Order dated 10-DEC-2021 rendered by Chief Justice Noël Matter considered without personal appearance The Court’s decision is with regard to the hearing scheduled for 13-DEC-2021 in Vancouver Result: adjourned to a date to be fixed by the Judicial Administrator at the earliest convenience of the parties…”
Australia Treasury is seeking submissions from stakeholders on Australia’s Tax Treaties. Deadline 31 October. More details at:
The Australia Treasury site;
Thanks, JC, for informing us of this.
Fabien Lehagre, founder of l’Association des’Américains Accidentels/ the Association of Accidental Americans is instituting a lawsuit, aiming to force the State Department to reopen the services of the US Embassy that handle renunciation / relinquishment requests.
The lawsuit’s purposes are:
➡️ Because this action will allow us to publicize the fact that the State Department is depriving tens of thousands of people of a fundamental right.
➡️ Because this action will allow us to make the link with our first complaint which aims to make it free to obtain a certificate of loss of nationality.
➡️ Because this action will allow us to shed light on the reasons why tens of thousands of citizens who have American nationality want to renounce American nationality: discrimination induced by FATCA, impact of Citizenship Based Taxation, difficulty in investing as a US Citizen.
➡️ Because the fees necessary to finance this litigation are very low compared to the real cost of a lawsuit in the United States.
EndFATCA is fighting to end FATCA and discrimination against EU/US duals citizens and US citizens in Europe, as well as remove barriers to renunciation.
They have previously submitted a petition and appeared several times before the EU Parliament in the past five years. They are now presenting a supplemental petition to the European Parliament on September 2nd. Any resident of the EU, or any person with EU citizenship who resides anywhere in the world, can sign the petition. Please add your support! (You can also read about the Petition on the EU Parliament’s wehsite: Petition No 0323/2021)
As well as Europeans, EndFATCA’s website is of interest and use to US persons and FATCA fighters around the world, as it also includes access to 1300 supporting documents and a list of all important initiatives around the world against FATCA.
The Institute of Tax Law at Queen Mary University’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies in London, UK, will host a panel discussion, via Zoom, on the topic of “the Taxation of Expatriate and Cross-Border Individuals,” featuring a number of experts on the subject, including QMUL’s Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Tax Law, Bernard Schneider, Edoardo Traversa, a tax and European law criminology professor at Belgium’s Université Catholique de Louvain, as well as three of SEAT’s co-founders: John Richardson, Karen Alpert and Laura Snyder.
The Discussion will be June 29th, 4 to 6 pm British Summer Time (5 to 7pm Central European Summer Time, 11am to 1 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time). This online discussion is free and open to all. Registration is required. Full information at Stop Extraterritorial American Taxation (SEAT).
Excellent podcast today, in which Peter Paulsen interviews international tax lawyer John Richardson on “The Challenges Faced by [Americans Abroad] and the Prospects for Change.” John explains the various interlocking reasons why the difficulties of US citizens abroad worsened critically with FATCA, and gives specifics of the problems facing US citizens abroad as a result.
This following statement, regarding the Isaac Brock Society, really stuck me because it reminded me of how each of us, by adding pieces of information, not to mention some very serious original research, have built a really big and useful repository. I want to thank everyone who’s contributed to the site — even if you only made one comment, that may have been a very useful addition to the compendium.
“To this date, there is no site that contains the volume of research, the sort of meticulousness of discussion on these issues . . . . And so, it has been a very, very good source of education … comfort .. meeting place .. for people whose lives have been turned up and down by these issues.”
Isaac Brock Society is mentioned between approximately 22.30 and 25.00.
BUT this podcast is really worth a full listen – concisely and clearly covers the egregious situation as it is in May 2021.