$81,457 more needed to make the February 1 2015 payment for Canadian FATCA IGA lawsuit/ Il nous reste 81 457 $ à ramasser pour notre poursuite judiciaire

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On August 11, 2014, Constitutional Litigator Joseph Arvay filed a FATCA IGA lawsuit in Canada Federal Court on behalf of Plaintiffs Ginny and Gwen, the Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty (en français), and those peoples worldwide who oppose FATCA.

Read Alliance’s Claims and Government’s “Statement of Defence”. Comment on our Alliance blog.

Please DONATE SOON before we are into the difficult holidays time. You can donate by PayPal online or by cheque/cash in the mail. Our legal bills are approximately $1000/day.

 
UPDATE November 18, 2014

We need $81,457 MORE IN 73 DAYS to make the February 1 2015 payment for for Plaintiffs Ginny and Gwen’s Canadian FATCA IGA lawsuit.

DONATE to www.adcs-adsc.ca (ADSC en français).

Since June 1, 2014 you raised $200,000 of the $500,000 legal fees cost that paid the first two of five retainers. The next $100,000 bill comes due February 1, 2015.

Le gouvernement du Canada surveille nos progrès sur ce site. Ne laissons pas notre adversaire gagner.

Our Plaintiff Ginny does not post on Brock, but she reads all of the comments. She says:

I loved this post and all the responses from the Brockers. We seem to share the same feelings that no way, no day will we ever comply.

For a long time, I thought I was the only one in this situation who seriously said that I NEVER EVER will pay or believe I owe the USA a penny for where my mother birthed me.

….I am not an accidental Canadian. I am a Canadian. Gwen and I were Canadians the day we were born.

Help restore Canada’s sovereignty by donating today to Ginny and Gwen’s lawsuit.

@EmBee says:

“The thermometer should soon be reaching the $20K tick mark. That feels encouraging. I know this is a tough time of year for donations but hopefully there will be a revival of “Surgite!” and a “surge” of donations in January (I’ll be there).

My thanks to the resistors too and perhaps some are transitioning to becoming resistors.

I’ll call you transistors for now and say everyone has to do what feels right for their particular situation and if we’ve learned anything the past few years it is that everyone has a different situation, some just by virtue of having to deal with this in countries where their numbers are fewer than in Canada. My best to one and all.”

You can transist or resist by making a donation (as @LM says) “towards the repair of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

DONATE to www.adcs-adsc.ca (ADSC en français).

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Horrible, Terrible Day with IRS and FATCA

Robert W Wood at Forbes is reporting on Mayor Boris Johnson’s Terrible, Horrble, Terrible very Bad Day as an American. He suggests Mayor Johnson’s next book should be about the plight of U.S. citizens abroad.

That book could help Canada’s $1 million dollar baby who was born in Hawaii when her mother went into premature labour and gave birth nine weeks early. With everything the family is dealing with, I certainly do not want to add to their stresses by telling them what a U.S. place of birth means for little Reece as she grows up.

Patric Cain has reported on a Canadian man who went to Mexico to renounce his unwanted U.S. citizenship.

According to Patric`s article, there may be a court hearing of our lawsuit early in the new year. Help make that day a good day. Donate to ADCS now.

I Am Canada. Hear Me Roar

I Am Canada. Hear Me Roar Mr. President from Robert W. Wood in Forbes.

Dear President Obama:

I and thousands of Canadians are embroiled in an impossible situation. I am a Canadian. Yet because I was born in the U.S., you say I must file tax returns and FBARs, even though I haven’t lived there since 1973. I was not aware I needed to file U.S. tax returns and never heard of FBARS or FATCA until now…

I believe the U.S. wasn’t looking primarily for wealthy offshore accounts. FATCA was always about grabbing fines and penalties, taking from Canada and other nations to fuel the U.S. recovery…

A resident and citizen of Canada for decades, I and thousands of others ARE CANADA! We will never take a dime from the U.S. We do not use U.S. services but must pay fines levied against us.Besides, would I want a U.S. passport? Americans are the first to be grabbed by terrorists…

The story in the letter is one we have heard many times. Issues with employment, strained marriage, stress, incredulity, anger, frustration, etc.

Signed:

Sincerely

I Am Canada

Solving U.S. Citizenship Issues – Information Session Toronto, Sunday Nov. 30, 2014

Life planning, Career planning and the Reality of U.S. Citizenship for Americans Abroad including Life Preparation for U.S.Citizen-children of U.S.Citizens & Snowbirds

The IRS made changes to the “Streamlined Program” (a “relaxed” way for delinquent U.S taxpayers to catch up with their U.S. tax and information reporting forms) on June 18 of this year. Further guidance was given on October 08. Snowbirds in particular, face a potential conflict. It is commonly misunderstood that anyone can stay in the U.S. for up to 180 (actually 182 or less) days per year without any tax consequences. In fact, the manner of counting days is subject to a complex way of computing the total number and of course, there is a form to be filed in the event one is over the limit. In the same manner many expats have been caught off guard with respect to filing tax and information returns, snowbirds who are unaware of the correct procedure are at risk.

Should one be so unfortunate as to be cast into the U.S. taxation net, the Streamlined Program might appear to be a way out. Even better, recent IRS indications are that they will presume that those outside the U.S. were non-willful non-filers, which will eliminate penalties. What could be better? However, in order to qualify for the non-U.S. residence status, one must not have spent more than 35 days in the U.S. for the past three years. The Catch 22 is in order to qualify for the U.S. resident version of Streamlined, one must have filed U.S. tax returns for the previous 3 years.
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U.S. Jury Acquits Swiss Banker

An American jury took just over an hour to acquit a Swiss banker of conspiracy in helping wealthy Americans in the U.S. to avoid taxes.

I have no idea What this will mean for FATCA. I do know U.S. Treasury, IRS, Levin, Schumer, Casey, et al will be in a rage. That could make them even more determined to nleash their wrath on honest people and on banks around the world. Or–wishful thinking–it could knock some sense into them.

Raoul Weil’s lawyer summed it up succinctly:

“Who are the criminals here? Who are the ones that should be punished instead of getting sweetheart deals?”

It is time for them to go after the real tax cheats and leave honest people alone.

My understanding of the American justice system is that there can be no appeal of this verdict because that would contravene the double jeopardy protection.