$97,975 more needed to make the February 1 2015 payment for Canadian FATCA IGA lawsuit/ Il nous reste 97 975 $ à ramasser pour notre poursuite judiciaire

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UPDATE October 23, 2014

FATCA IGA lawsuit filed by Vancouver Constitutional Litigator Joseph Arvay on 11 August 2014 in Canada Federal Court. Go to our website (en français) and ADCS blog site for information on the litigation.

We need $97,975 MORE IN 99 DAYS to make the February 1 2015 payment for the legal expenses for Plaintiffs Ginny and Gwen’s Canadian FATCA IGA lawsuit.

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

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 actually raised (a really incredible amount) $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.

You can also expect that even some highly experienced Canadian tax professionals, not yet skilled in understanding or appreciating the words “privacy” or “sovereignty”, must carefully monitor our progress on a daily basis.

Some of you might be worried because our donations come only from “average” people:

“I hate to be a Debbie Downer, and I guess really, I’ll put the “downs” away after this post. Lots of people worked hard to make sure this deadline was met. But, with it falling on average people…that’s still a lot of money to raise, with even more to look forward to. I hope those that give don’t run out of steam, or resources, to make sure this suit goes all the way…”

It IS true that ALL our donations have come from “average” people. Here is a response of John Richardson, our Co-Chair and Legal Counsel:

“What this demonstrates is that the support base for your FATCA lawsuit is very very deep! Your fund raising achievements [more than $200,000] have been without large donors.

Remember that you are NOT in a sprint. You are in a marathon. This means that the depth of the support base is far more important than a small number of “deep pocketed” donors (but for the record, regardless of the depth of your pockets, all donations are welcome).

What “Debbie Downer” suggests may be a weakness is actually a strength. The base of “average people” is greater than the base of “wealthy donors”. There are more and more new donors -expanding your donor base – joining your ranks every day.

Congratulations! You have proved that you can fund this lawsuit. Now that you have proven you can fund the lawsuit, the key is to continue funding it!

Please keep that good momentum going and support our lawsuit.

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

Citizenship Showdown Coming Between Free People and the U.S. Government

Blog of an accidental just discovering the fact.

It’s a sunny day in Soho, London. I call my father.

‘Hello Dad. I got this funny letter from Santander. It’s about tax, or something. Uh, am I still an American?

I was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1982. 13 months later, we moved to the UK, where I have lived ever since.

As a baby, I had an American passport. As a child and throughout adulthood, I’ve only held a British passport. I’ve been back to the US once, for a short holiday in 1997.

‘You’re American-born. I suppose that means you’re still an American?.

As it turns out, it does indeed. I am an American. I am an American who cannot remember living in America. I am an American who cannot name more than a dozen American states. I am an American who has never voted in an American election.

I am an ‘accidental American’. And for that I will pay. Literally.

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This is one more example of the United States imposing citizenship on people because they were born in the U.S. Is citizenship something that one chooses or is citizenship something that is forced upon you? Does any country have the right to impose citizenship on residents and citizens of other countries? Is citizenship a “property interest” that a government has in people? Does the U.S. government believe that it has ownership over anybody born in the United States?

The Obama administration has made U.S. citizenship such a burden and devalued it to the point where people are happily paying money to be rid of it.

But, the U.S. government is making it very difficult to relinquish U.S. citizenship through the available statutory channels. This is clear from the:

- outright refusals to recognize past relinquishments

- outrageous wait times and inability to get appointments

- the outrageous and unjustifiable fee increase to renounce U.S. citizenship

- the imposition of Nazi and Soviet style exit taxes

It’s certainly “change we can never believe in”.

This is going to get very very nasty.

On the one hand we have a U.S. Government that says:

“You are our property until we say you are not”.

On the other hand we have those who don’t believe they are property and will say:

“I am a free person. How can I then by a citizen of the United States?”

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NB: Ms. Chapman has received several tweets inviting her to Brock, Sandbox and ADCS-ADSC sites.

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cross-posted with permission

What will — and what should — Canadians do when the IRS comes calling?

This week I had a chat with a kind donor to our Canadian FATCA IGA lawsuit. She is a Canadian citizen who has lived in our country for more than four decades.

I asked her (as I now ask many) to predict what Canadians will do when the FATCA law identifies them and turns them over to a foreign country.

This Canadian told me how she will respond when her neighborhood bank turns her over to the United States Internal Revenue Service. She said:

“First time visitors to the “Isaac Brock” and “Maple Sandbox” websites are regularly advised to “Read, read, read before you take any action” when you discover that the IRS wants you.

Generally good advice, I would say, except that I would change the channel a bit and say “Read, read, read, and then take NO action“.

I would strongly urge people to read, read, read, and then take the time to live with the injustice, the absurdity, the absolute moral bankruptcy of FATCA before they commit themselves to any course of action.

Live with the feelings of unfairness and discrimination that surround FATCA; let the oppressiveness of the situation really take hold. Then take a deep breath, and another, let the fear subside, and then let the outrage and anger come forth and “Just say NO”.

We all know that the whole premise of FATCA (Citizenship-Based Taxation) is fundamentally wrong, so why do so many of us so readily agree to participate in a system that is “wrong”? Fear, anxiety, expediency, whatever?

When I am faced with a really complex situation that is impossible to figure out, and FATCA would be one of those, I try to pare things down to fundamental principles that let me see things more clearly. Really, in my mind, FATCA is no different from the scenario of the school yard bully.

The Harper Canadian Government should have stood up to the U.S. bully’s threat of sanctions and said “No”. It didn’t.

Canadian banks and financial institutions should have refused to become agents of the IRS. They didn’t.

Our Members of Parliament should have challenged the government to address issues of sovereignty, privacy, and equality of ALL Canadians. By and large, with a few notable exceptions, they didn’t.

So now it’s my turn; it’s my turn to stand up and say “No”. And I will.

I will refuse to fill out any “foreign” tax information forms, I will refuse to give my financial institutions any information on place of birth, and, if necessary, I will lie with an absolutely clear conscience.

I will refuse to let the bully play in my yard.

I realize that this is a course of action (or inaction) that might make some people feel uncomfortable. But, speaking personally, I feel much more uncomfortable being forced to do things that I know are wrong, and I know that FATCA is wrong.

It’s just wrong, plain and simple. So I’m not doing it.

I am now, and will remain, willfully non-compliant. End of story.”

Canadian FATCA Lawsuit Amended

The Canadian FATCA lawsuit has been amended and strengthened by lawyers Joseph Arvay and David Gruber.

From the Desk of John Richardson, ADCS-ADSC Amendments to Statement of Claim provides an explanation of the changes and a link to the amended Statement.

John has concisely explained the amendments in plain English.

UPDATE: Thanks to RecalcitrantExpat for providing this direct link from ADCS to the Amended Statement Of Claim.

As Calgary411 posted:

So announcements are not lost in the sites of IsaacBrockSociety and MapleSandbox where so many topics are discussed, http://adcsovereignty.wordpress.com/ (Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty “From The Desk” of the ADCS-ADSC Board of Directors) is the dedicated site for all future announcements regarding the Canadian litigation.

We at Maple Sandbox join John in wishing all our Canadian and international friends a Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for your support, determination and especially your donations to http://adcs-adsc.ca/

Please keep them coming. Together we can do this.