Maple Sandbox Rules

Maple Sandbox is a gathering place for “US persons” to come together to share, learn and explore. Together, we will stand up to IRS bullies as we work our way through the swamp of U.S. citizenship-based taxation.  We won’t allow their quicksand to  suck responsible, honest tax-paying people living in other countries into IRS pit..


A sandbox is a gathering place for playing, learning, chatting, laughing, exploring, sharing, growing, creating, building and even fighting together. It also is a spot to stand up to bullies and to chase away monsters together.

The maple leaf is an internationally recognized symbol of Canada and of Canadian values and endurance. Canadian soldiers have worn maple lapels as they fought for freedom and served as peacekeepers in conflicts around the world.

The maple leaf proclaims a welcome to all from around the world to an inclusive, diverse and respectful country.

Maple syrup is a tasty treat exported from Canada to the world, poured on pancakes, on popcorn, baked into cookies, and turned into delicious candies .

Maple wood is so strong and hardy it is used for play in baseball bats, bowling pins and bowling alley lanes, as well as for ballroom dancing and gymnasium floors. Maple is often the core material in the limbs of the bow for archery because of its stiffness and strength.

Maple wood makes beautiful music through many musical instruments, including violin, viola, cello, double bass, electric guitar, drum, bassoon and other woodwind instruments. As a tonewood, maple carries sound waves, thus making it the perfect wood for both playing and listening.

Maple wood has a long history in furniture making and hardwood flooring because of its beauty and endurance.

There could be no other choice for construction of our sandbox.


We hope to build many creations together as we Blaze a new Outraged Canadian Trail to freedom from IRS.

Our first creation is the classic sandcastle built of sand from Atlantic to Pacific to Arctic shores of Canada and from the multitude of lakes in between. The sandcastle will offer refuge from IRS. The moat will protect our castle and those who dwell here, but bridges in all directions will welcome visitors, guests and members from around the world.


To ensure Rules of Play are followed, Maple Sandbox has referees, who are also team members.

Referees encourage play to be free-flowing, independent and active.   When someone steps out of bounds, a referee may blow a warning whistle.  If the warning is not accepted, the referee may issue a time-out or a suspension from play.  In extreme circumstances, players may be expelled.

Referees are not perfect and sometimes will make errors. If a challenge or a replay confirms a decision was wrong, the referee is expected to admit to this and reverse the decision.

Players are encouraged to work with referees for fair play.   Players can best do this playing by the rules and trying to resolve disputes among themselves before involving the referees.

Players should feel free to step up to the referee box when needed and especially when referees are not available or not doing their job.


All are welcome here. We do have some basic DO and DON’T Rules:


DO Learn With Enthusiasm
DO Explore By Digging Deep
DO Share Through Show and Tell
DO Laugh and Giggle Together
DO Play With Imagination
DO Fight Fair
DO Build A New Vision
DO Bring New Ideas
DO Respect Others
DO Hold Hands
DO Help Others
DO Express Yourself
DO Stand Up To Bullies
DO Chase Away IRS Monsters
DO Sleep At Night—Or Even At Naptime
DO Bury Your Toes In The Sand (But NOT Your Head!)
DO Be A Shoulder For Others To Lean On
DO Respect Opinions Of Others—And Their Rights To Express Them
DO Help Create a Better World


DON’T Be A Bully
DON’T Throw Sand At Each Other
DON’T Be Afraid To Cry
DON’T Be Scared Of Monsters
DON’T Call People Names
DON’T Stop Fighting For Freedom From The IRS

54 thoughts on “Maple Sandbox Rules

  1. Pacifica777

    Hi Chris,

    Were you 18 years old or older when you became a Canadian citizen? If so, and you had the intention of relinquishing your US citizenship by so doing, then you relinquished your US citizenship at that time.
    Immigration and Nationality Act, s. 349(a)

    A CLN is useful because it provides clear proof of a relinquishment. It makes the situation unambiguous because it shows that the US also agrees that you terminated your citizenship on a certain date. However, some people, particularly if they’re not on the US govt radar, choose not to apply for one or are taking a wait-and-see approach.

    Regarding CLNs and intent, as the US can’t know what was in a person’s mind, the US basically infers your intent by what you did (and didn’t do) after you performed your relinquishing act. Eg, no use of US passport, no US voting, etc. Take a look at form DS-4079. This form is required in applying for a CLN based on a previous relinquishing act. A person’s answers to the questions on it illustrate their connections to each country, and – from what you posted (eg, you didn’t mention exercising any rights of US citizenship, etc, after your relinquishing act) — it sounds like your answers would infer that your intention was to be a Canadian and only a Canadian.

    Depending on when you performed your relinquishing act, it may have been before the current exit tax law requirements existed. Important information at this link:

    Don’t rush to do anything. Take your time, learn more and mull it over before you act. As Calgary wrote “Start here by reading the posts in the upper right-hand corner, ‘Building Blocks’. Read and research and ask questions that you have as you go along.” It starts to become more and more clear as you do.

    Don’t even think about divorce and try not to be too stressed. It’s really scary at first (terrifying), and isolating because it doesn’t affect people we know in our everyday lives. I found it got less scary as I learned more and felt I was getting a handle on things, and I felt less isolated because of Maple Sandbox and Isaac Brock Society. You’ll find a lot of support here because we’re in the situation too, getting things straightened out or have gotten things straightened out.

  2. Duke of Devon

    How old were you when you became Canadian? It might make a difference. Your family has nothing to worry about.

  3. calgary411

    Welcome, Chris.

    If you did nothing “US” after becoming a Canadian citizen, you should be able to claim that as relinquishment of your US citizenship, that being what you intended to do.

    What year was that? Some details will revolve around that date, like compliance with US tax returns and Foreign Bank Account Reports which would involve joint accounts held with your husband. We need more detail from you to try to give you some options to think about regarding decisions for yourself and your family.

    Please put the drastic thoughts of divorce and surrendering any of your parental rights! How dare the US do this to individuals and families?

    You cannot pass along US citizenship to your children as you would have had to reside in the US for a requisite number of years after the age of 14 to do so. (I presume you are talking about your possession of a US social security number (SSN), not the Canadian social insurance number (SIN)?)

    Start here by reading the posts in the upper right-hand corner, “Building Blocks”. Read and research and ask questions that you have as you go along.


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