FATCA IGA lawsuit filed in Canada, Washington D.C. attorney retained, AND We need WITNESSES/Nous sommes à la recherche de témoins

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UPDATE September 17, 2014

FATCA IGA lawsuit filed by Vancouver Constitutional Litigator Joseph Arvay on 11 August 2014 in Canada Federal Court. Risks for Plaintiffs Ginny and Gwen include possibility that if they lose the case the court may order them — personally — to pay portion of Government’s costs. See FATCA IGA Claims and press release. Listen to radio interview of John Richardson, ADCS Co-Chair and Legal Counsel. Read letter of father to his Canadian son on high school graduation. Read Marilyn’s letter to Mr. Obama explaining why she may have to renounce her U.S. citizenship.

ThermometerSEP10_25—We need $43,837 BY END OF NEXT MONTH to continue FATCA IGA litigation.

[Thanks to Atlantic Canada couple for today's really nice donation.]

DONATE to www.adcs-adsc.ca (ADSC en français). Donate ANY amount. Your $25 donations DO help/Vous pouvez donner n’importe quel montant. Vos dons de $ 25 sont utiles. [Le gouvernement du Canada suit l’évolution de notre progrès sur ce site internet. Ne le laissez pas gagner.]

—WASHINGTON D.C. ATTORNEY Mr. Jim Butera of Jones Walker LLP is retained by the Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty to help “Accidental Americans” free themselves from harm. SEE PRESS RELEASES (English; en Français). See also Forbes article that picks up on our press release.

—CANADIAN WITNESSES needed for Canadian lawsuit/Nous sommes présentement à la recherche de citoyens canadiens qui accepteraient de témoigner et de révéler publiquement des informations personnelles:

—Canadians born in Canada to one or both U.S. parents, IRS compliant pensioners of limited means, Green Card holders, especially those who did not “check out” of their Green Card status “properly” and Snowbirds now deemed to be “U.S. persons”, Non-U.S. business partners or employers of “U.S. persons.”, Executors of estates of “U.S. persons”, Anyone not allowed to open or keep bank account because of refusal to provide info on U.S. personhood (HSBC bank?), or anyone who would like to renounce to protect your family, but cannot afford to do so (en français).

If you are in the above categories or are a Canadian who has been harmed or will be harmed by U.S. tax laws or FATCA, contact me asap at the ADCS website.

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Democrats Abroad Survey on FATCA. No Solutions

Democrats Abroad today released a survey on how FATCA affects everyday Americans every day.

There is absolutely nothing new in the report. It is what many of us have known for three years.

There is nothing in the report about those of us who don’t even consider ourselves American under attack by the United States of Arrogance.

Worst of all, there is not one single recommendation to The Democrats or Congress about how to fix FATCA.

Meanwhile, over at Brock, there is discussion of You Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer. That is why USCitizenAbroad is joining Democrats Abroad (aka Stepford Wives). Read the exchange a woman in France had with Democrats Abroad.

Renunciation Costs To Soar

If this report in Diplopundit is accurate, the cost to renounce U.S. citizenship will soar from $450 to $2350.

The percentage increase in the renunciation fee is 422%. With an estimated 2,378 annual renunciation of citizenship cases, this increase would net the USG an estimated $4,518,200. Using the projected FY 2014 workload, Consular Afffairs’ estimated change in annual fees collected for affected consular services is $64,003,862.

U.S. Department of State is expected to justify this with this statement:

The CoSM demonstrated that documenting a U.S. citizen’s renunciation of citizenship is extremely costly, requiring American consular officers overseas to spend substantial amounts of time to accept, process, and adjudicate cases.

Hmmm. I seems no one thought of another solution. Make the process easy. Allow it to be done via mail like Canada and many other countries do.

is european fatca next?

is a european fatca next? a newspaper in lebanon is reporting european states may bring in their own version of fatca.

Some bankers have said that European states are expected to follow the example of the United States and ask their citizens abroad to disclose their bank accounts to European financial authorities in a bid to combat tax evasion.

wait. those countries do not tax their citizens living abroad. but, of course, we know fatca is not about taxes. it is about power and control through information and threats.

Concern from a Wild Rose Constituent re: FATCA/IGA

Today I emailed the following letter to my MP - Blake Richards Member of Parliament (Wild Rose Alberta).

Dear Mr. Richards

In the past month I have done two things you should know about, as my elected Member of Parliament:

1. I donated money to help fund a lawsuit against my own government to protect my rights as a Canadian citizen.
2. I vowed never to vote Conservative again.

As my elected official you should know that I believe that my government has taken the easy way out by placating the United States, and the big banks, rather than standing up for individual Canadian rights. And the consequence of that is the loss of my vote, and something I would never have thought feasible – my donation to a lawsuit to challenge my own government.

As a member of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, you should know that millions of Canadian citizens are now at risk for identity theft. As of July 1st, Canadian banks are forced to send the private information on ‘suspected US persons’ bank accounts, and those of their spouses and business partners, to the CRA. That information will then be sent on to the IRS, which has been repeatedly in the news about security breaches.

Are you not at all concerned that a foreign government will have the personal information on millions of Canadians?

Are you not at all concerned that millions of Canadians are at risk to have large financial penalties imposed by a foreign government?

Are you not at all concerned that millions of Canadian will have to take the onerous steps to relinquish or renounce US citizenship, creating a drain on finances, as well as health?

Are you not at all concerned that respected and renowned Canadian lawyers believe that the FATCA IGA is in violation of Section 15 of our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

Mr. Richards, I am writing to you, not only to express my concerns, but to give you an opportunity to tell me what you are doing to protect the rights of Canadians in your constituency from a foreign government. If you want a chance to win back a voter, this is the time – tell me how you will protect Canadians like me – law abiding, tax paying Canadians – from the might of the United States government who are enforcing their laws in my country.

Regards,

Outraged Canadian