$95,773 more needed in 89 days to make the May 1 2015 payment for Canadian FATCA IGA lawsuit/ Il nous reste 95,774 $ à ramasser pour notre poursuite judiciaire

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UPDATE January 31, 2015: EIGHTY-NINE DAYS to make May 1 payment — Please DONATE today

THREE RETAINERS PAID — TWO MORE TO GO

WHY THE HARM HAS TO STOP:

“…I am writing to you about the FATCA IGA with the USA, that was signed by the Conservative government in Feb 2014…

Apparently, I am a second class Canadian citizen. You really have no idea how horrible this feels unless it happens to you. It is a living nightmare that I stress about every single day. The last two Canada Days, I have found myself in tears. And if it can happen to me, it can happen to any Canadian…

I don’t remember the first 20 months or so of my life, which was spent in the USA while my Canadian parents lived there. I haven’t got an American bone in my body, but had the misfortune to be born on US soil. I’ve lived and worked only in Canada since moving back ‘home’ as a toddler…

Please, is there someone in the Conservative party who actually cares about the millions of Canadians who are suffering like I and my family are, or is everyone just concerned about keeping their jobs and their pensions? I have truly lost faith in Canadian government.

Very sad second-class Canadian [@WhiteKat]
Kxxxxxxx Pxxxx (name not withheld from Mr. Baird)
Nepean ON”

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 all peoples worldwide. Read Alliance’s Claims and comment on our Alliance blog.

WE NEED $95,774 MORE IN 89 DAYS TO MAKE THE MAY 1 PAYMENT FOR GINNY AND GWEN’S CANADIAN FATCA IGA LAWSUIT.

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

You can SEND DONATIONS by cheque, cash of any currency, PayPal, and transfers. Vous pouvez donner n’importe quel montant. Vos dons de $ 25 sont utiles.

Donors of little or modest means have ALREADY provided the funds to pay the $100,000 August 1 2014 retainer, and the $100,000 November 1 2014 and $100,000 February 1 2015 retainers.

This shows that we WILL make the $100,000 May 1 and August 1 payments for the $500,000 Arvay team Federal Court costs.

This request is made on behalf of the Plaintiffs of our lawsuit, Ginny Hillis and Gwen Deegan of Ontario, Canada, who accept much personal risk on our behalf (exposure of IRS resistance, possibility of PERSONALLY paying portion of Government legal costs if we lose lawsuit), the Alliance Directors, Stephen Kish, John Richardson, and Patricia Moon of Toronto, and Carol Tapanila of Calgary, Canada, and ALL peoples worldwide harmed by FATCA.

— Qui défendra nos droits si ce n’est pas nous? Ne laissons pas notre adversaire gagner.

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

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It Hurts My Heart: On Renouncing American Citizenship

Reposted with permision

IT HURTS MY HEART: On Renouncing American Citizenship

Essay by Christina Warren with Photographs by Lars Deutschlaender

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Bern, Switzerland is built on a horseshoe bend of the river Aare. Its old town is in the center of this horseshoe and is designated a UNESCO World-Heritage site. Bridges lead to the ‘younger’ neighborhoods. Mine, the Monbijou, is only a ten-minute walk from the Bundeshaus or Parliament building. My favorite route to the old town is through Flora Park, past the gated compound of the American Embassy past the gated compound of the American Embassy

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and through the Kleine
Schanze, a park bordering
the Bundeshaus and offering
and offering views of the Alps.
I have taken this walk countless times, passing
the embassy, sometimes stopping to light a candle at the
Dreifaltigkeitskirche, a catholic
church located just outside the Kleine Schanze.

 
On June 12th, 2014, on our third hot day of what had been so far a cool, rainy summer, I am taking this walk with my Swiss husband. He is dressed in a weather-appropriate ‘Move Ya Body’ t-shirt and floppy shorts. Heeding my mother’s advice to dress nicely, I have elected to wear a weather-defiant conservative suit and simple blouse. This time we will not pass the embassy, but instead, will stop to enter it for the very first time. I have a 2:30 p.m. appointment to renounce my citizenship.
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We had left early, expecting the normal long line of people waiting for visas. There is no one. My husband walks me to the labyrinth of barriers set up to keep the lines organized. For security reasons, he will not be allowed in and for security reasons I only have the appropriate documents with me: my American passport, my Swiss passport, a copy of the pre-appointment questionnaire, my renunciation fee of $450 (which would be raised to $2350 in September 2014), and just in case—the other information documents the embassy sent informing me that this step, when taken, is irrevocable. Unseen, but certainly there, is an enormous pressure in my chest. My breathing is shallow.
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Why I am not renewing my membership to Canadian Civil Liberties Association

I received an email reminder today from CCLA, telling me my membership is about to expire, and asking me to renew my membership.

I am copying below my reply. I would encourage other visitors to this website who share my views and membership in CCLA, to consider taking similar action, in hopes of kick-starting a so-far recalcitrant and potentially an important ally. And yes, I did write to CCLA about support in our Charter battle, many months ago and to no avail. I am tired of asking nicely; I think the iron-boot-in-the-butt approach is called for now.

The text of my email to CCLA follows:

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Senate Finance Committee Forms Working Groups – #Americansabroad organize – Toronto, Feb. 14/15

Cross-posted from ADCS-ADSC blog

First, congratulations are in order. Once again your donations have allowed the Alliance For The Defence of Canadian Sovereignty to achieve your funding goals. The third $100,000 cheque is on its way to your lawyer. There are some (mainly in the compliance industry) who had hoped for a failure of funding. You have not been deterred. Your funding of this lawsuit has been an “island of positive hope” in a “sea of negativity”.  You have also sent a message that your lawsuit will not fail because of a lack of funding. Congratulations!

https://www.facebook.com/ADCSovereignty/posts/1533937836885281

I want to reemphasize that your funding goals have been achieved because you have focused on what YOU want to achieve. You have not focused on the obstacles or on your detractors. We are in a marathon and not a sprint. We need to stay focused on OUR GOALS. We must not focus on those who want us to fail.

Your FATCA lawsuit is historic and is setting an example for people in other countries. I predict that organized opposition to FATCA will begin in Europe. Organized opposition to FATCA is essential. But, we cannot let our focus on FATCA obscure the need to bring an end to U.S. citizenship-based (AKA “place of birth”) taxation. After all:

FATCA is the tool to enforce U.S. citizenship-based ”place of birth taxation”. Therefore, a separate goal is to bring an end to “place of birth” taxation. Think of how unfair it is to levy taxes on people based on their “place of birth” (and this is going on the 21st century).

“It’s unjust. It’s inhumane. I never chose where I was born!”

Meanwhile, back in the Homeland …

In previous posts, I have drawn attention to the fact that tax reform is under serious consideration. It is necessary. It is going to happen.  I have noted that Senator Orrin Hatch is now the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and that the “tax reform train is leaving the station“. I remind you that an earlier report by the Republican wing of the Senate Finance Committee stated that Americans abroad should be taxed according to the principles of  ”residence based taxation”. On January 25, 2013 Senator Hatch in a speech at the Brookings Institution stated that U.S. corporations should be subjected to “territorial taxation”.  How could the environment be better than this? To date, Americans abroad feel they have not been heard. To date, Americans abroad feel they have been victimized by Homeland politicians who neither understand nor care about the difficulties they face.  Senator Hatch has divided the Senate Finance Committee into various sub-committees.


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Hatch of @GOPSenFinance Delivers Speech on Corporate Inversions at Brookings Institution – Endorses Territorial Taxation

Cross-posted from Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty

In a guest post published in Forbes Magazine, I argued that the tax treatment of U.S. citizens abroad is similar to to the tax treatment of U.S. corporations abroad (although the treatment of corporations is much less destructive). The tax treatment of both corporations and U.S. citizens abroad is based on the same destructive assumption that the U.S. can and should tax profits and incomes earned in other countries. The United States regards both it corporations and its DNA citizens as “citizens”. This suggests that the case for the tax reform in relation to U.S. citizens abroad, can be linked to the case for tax reform of U.S. corporations doing business abroad.

I concluded with:

The question is NOT whether U.S. corporate tax rates should be lowered (although they obviously should) to combat inversions, the question is whether the U.S. should:

Continue its destructive and anti-competitive policies of being the only country in the world which attempts to levy taxes on profits earned in other countries by people (in the case of Americans abroad) who do NOT live in the U.S.; or
Join the rest of the world by taxing ONLY the profits and property that are within its jurisdiction. This is called “territorial taxation”.

The answer to this question depends on whether the U.S. believes that it is PART of the world or whether the U.S. believes that it is THE world.

In previous posts, I have emphasized the importance of making the case for tax reform directly to the Senate Finance Committee. In my next post, I intend to provide a framework for how this may be most effectively organized.

On January 23, 2015, Senator Orrin Hatch addressed the Brookings Institution on the need for tax reform to address the problem of corporate inversions.

Senator Hatch is clearly and convincingly making the case for a move to “territorial taxation” for corporations. The same rationale applies to “territorial taxation” for individuals. “Territorial taxation” for individuals is:

Residence-based taxation!

Read Senator Hatch’s speech. In fact, read it more than once.

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