[The Alliance gets a brief mention in Canada's Financial Post.]
UPDATE October 30, 2014
Abraham Lincoln…A great American president.
The problem is that Abraham Lincoln bestowed U.S. citizenship-based taxation on the world.
He (an attorney) also said “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can”.
The Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty shall never support Canada’s shameful complicity in enforcing Mr. Lincoln’s bad law — and we refuse to compromise.
Therefore, we instructed our attorney, Constitutional Litigator Joseph Arvay on 11 August 2014, to initiate our FATCA IGA lawsuit in Canada Federal Court.
What do think Mr. Lincoln’s reaction today would be to FATCA and the law he imposed on us?
We need $91,769 MORE IN 92 DAYS to make the February 1 2015 payment for the legal expenses for Plaintiffs Ginny and Gwen’s Canadian FATCA IGA lawsuit.
Donate ANY amount. Your $25 donations are as important and mean just as much to us as do larger donations. Vous pouvez donner n’importe quel montant. Vos dons de $ 25 sont utiles.
Since June 1, 2014 you raised $200,000 of the $500,000 legal fees cost. This was used to pay the first (August 1) and second (November 1) of five retainers for the Joe Arvay team.
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
— This week the Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty filed a submission to the United States Department of State pointing out that the renunciation fee increase violates U.S. laws and must be immediately suspended.
You will recall that a five-fold renunciation fee increase from U.S.$450 to U.S.$2,350 was recently announced by the State Department.
A Forbes article suggests that there is a massive number of U.S. citizens abroad who are considering renouncing their citizenship. However, relative to the number of persons who wish to renounce, or are considering renouncing, U.S. citizenship, there were only a small number of people who complained to the Department of State about the fee increase.
The Alliance (with the financial assistance of an anonymous donor) retained lawyer James J Butera of the Washington DC firm of Jones Walker LLP to seek relief from this fee increase.
The Alliance letter, submitted on behalf of all U.S. citizens worldwide and those deemed to be U.S. citizens, states that, at a bare minimum, the procedure used by the Department of State to increase the fee was NOT in compliance with U.S. law.
The grounds for our request are two-fold:
1. Any fee to renounce U.S. citizenship is an impermissible burden on the right to expatriate recognized in the Expatriate Act of 1868 and a right recognized in the Supreme Court decision in Afroyim v. Rusk; and
2. The increase in the renunciation fee is in violation of the U.S. Administrative Procedure Act because the State Department failed to follow the rules requiring notice and submissions in relation to the fee increase.
The Alliance also disputes the position of the State Department that the fee increase is somehow “critical to national security” of the United States and is of the view that the United States Department of State should be obeying the laws of the United States.
On these and other points, read Mr. Butera’s able submission and our press release.