UPDATE October 25, 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 $94,560 MORE IN 97 DAYS to make the February 1 2015 payment for the legal expenses for Plaintiffs Ginny and Gwen’s Canadian FATCA IGA lawsuit.
[Thanks to today's generous first-time and repeat donors.]
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 “average people” 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.
“Yesterday I took FATCA/IBS/ADCS information fliers to the campus of the local university and, for several hours, walked from department office to department office asking the administrative assistant in each office if there were any faculty or staff working there who had US connection; I explained the purpose of my search and gave them fliers to put into mailboxes for these individuals. There were LOTS of OMG moments and only a couple departmental secretaries hesitated to hang up on a bulletin board or circulate these notices.
One fellow I met (just another visitor to the department) was so shocked as I was explaining FATCA and the IGA , he took a flier to give to the US wife of a famous musician he knew well.
Several people I spoke with mentioned departmental deans, research chairs and graduate students that they would pass these fliers on to, or they had friends, neighbors or in-laws who needed to know. The office manager at Indigenous Studies was VERY interested…….
Today I took these fliers to a “Third Age Learning” series and just spread them out on a nearby table; the flier heading just said “SEEKING US PERSONS – – you may need to learn more about FATCA”. About a dozen fliers were picked up during the break or afterward the lecture. Little bit by little bit……”.
“WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO TO SPREAD THE WORD, TO GET MORE PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES AND DONATE EVEN SMALL AMOUNTS TOWARDS THE NEXT $94,560???
As Stephen has said, even $25 helps. Would people you know, people in your organizations or your neighborhood dealings, be willing to donate $25 to help re-establish the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the sovereignty of Canada?”
“When I read about the [donation] burden falling on “average people” I asked myself what is the definition of average?
I consider myself pretty average in most ways, but I’m not in any way typical of the donors to this cause. I don’t even live in Canada – and never have. I live in Poland and I am now in full compliance – as best I can tell [an accurate statement that "compliant" persons rarely make as it is IMPOSSIBLE for any U.S. person living overseas to know absolutely whether he/she is fully IRS compliant] – so FATCA won’t change a thing for me. Moreover, this law suit won’t do much good for me even if you win.
I am retired, so what I own is what I plan to live on for the rest of my life. It cost me a fortune in legal costs to get compliant and I am back to working now to try and recover some of that cost.
Yet I still live in fear that they will come back and impose penalties that would allow them to legally steal everything I have…
Sadly, the average American has no idea that this is even going on.
They believe the things they are told and their honorable representatives are telling them that rich people in America are stealing their money and hiding it in Switzerland.
They are told that FATCA is simply a law designed to help those honorable people get that money back, and those who oppose FATCA are the crooks with something to hide. So support this law and, and by the way, re-elect us for our good service.
So, now I continue to pay thousands of dollars every year to an attorney in the United States to file IRS forms proving that I owe nothing to that country. He is a good attorney and he charges so much because he has so much to do. He earns his money honestly, just as I do.
So this year I simply added an extra $500 dollars to my compliance budget and sent a check to ADCS.
Think of it this way; we pay our Police to fight crime – why not pay lawyers to fight this crime on our behalf? We send money to Japan to relieve suffering after a terrible natural disaster – why not help relieve suffering from this man-made disaster? What ADCS is doing need not be directly for the benefit you or me. It doesn’t even need to be for the benefit of Canada.
What ADCS is doing is for the benefit of everyone who believes in basic justice and human rights. In that regard, I am average; so count me in.”