Monthly Archives: December 2013

Sticky: FATCA Christmas Letter to Jim Flaherty

On behalf of Maple Sandbox, I have written a FATCA Christmas Letter and Wish List to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

FATCA Christmas Letter and Wish List

16 December 2013

The Honourable James Flaherty, P.C. M.P.Christmas Letter
Minister of Finance
House of Commons,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Flaherty:

You and your Conservative colleagues have again confirmed Santa’s Canadian citizenship.  But, do you know the United States is also claiming Santa as theirs?!?  They insist he lives in Alaska—despite his red and white suit and his HOH OHO postal code in Canada’s North Pole.

This is typical of the Americans.  They are determined to turn as many people in the world as they can into “US persons.”  So they snoop around like kids before Christmas, trying to find loot for U.S. Treasury and Internal Revenue Service.

Don’t let the Americans claim Santa. Don’t let them claim up to one million other Canadians and their families either. Continue reading

Citizenship Based Taxation: Unique or Outrageous

If all countries adopted American citizenship and tax laws, US President Barack Obama, Senator Ted Cruz and Secretary of State would finally agree on one thing. Citizenship-Based Taxation and FATCA are “Outrageous.”

Citizenship-Based Taxation: Unique or Outrageous was published in Tax-News today. This is an international tax publication based in the UK. The article by Lynne Swanson (aka Blaze) was originally published as a Letter to the Editor in Tax News International two weeks ago, but is only available to subscribers there. Continue reading

The FATCA Of The Matter

The inaugural edition of Testiphi, a new on line publication focuses on expatriates and has an article The FATCA Of The Matter

At last, someone is showing “There is another side of the story.” This article features Victoria Ferauge (aka Victoria) and Lynne Swanson (aka Blaze).

Victoria tells it as it is:

FATCA doesn’t stand a chance in hell of catching those tax evaders.  People who are rich enough to move their money from one country to another and do it to escape taxes have many ways of getting around this law.  All FATCA will do is cause a lot of damage to the innocent and destroy the ability of Americans to enjoy the fruits of globalization – to be as mobile as the British or the French or the Chinese.”

The article also reports on the growing underground movement of Isaac Brock Society, Maple Sandbox and Franco-American Flophouse.

Victoria again nails it:

“The movement has no real center or appointed leaders but it is becoming a powerful network” Ferauge, who successful battled cancer, said. “Google recent articles about Americans abroad and FATCA online and you will see hundreds of comments.  This is the Diaspora in action. No sooner does an article come out then it is emailed, tweeted and posted all around the globe.  The response is almost immediate with people weighing in from Thailand, Mexico, Europe, South America and many other places.

It’s quite extraordinary.”

So, let’s continue to fight. Except I don’t think anyone can call us underground anymore. We’re quite above ground and fighting the battle publicly.



FATCA Handouts Available for Printing

The excellent FATCA handouts are now available for printing.  Note that there is a new page on our menu where the handouts are easily found.

We ask that you please respect the work of the authors and designers and do not make any changes to the wording or the layout.

Feel free to print the documents, or to save them to a USB drive and have them printed at a professional printing place like Office Depot or Kinkos.

U.S.A. to Invade Canada – Again!

FATCA: We Are Not Myths

(Note that the “Not Myths” document is intended to be a double-sided folded brochure, so the cover is on the right hand side of page 1.)

FATCA: We Are Not Tax Cheats



FATCA Casting and Production Call: London Ontario


I have written a script for a Canadian FATCA video. Video

I have some of the roles cast, but I’m still looking for volunteer performers in or near London Ontario to play two roles.  It is not necessary to be a real “US person.” In fact, I would prefer if performers are not real “US persons” so I can honestly state at the end that “No US persons were harmed in the making of this film.”

For the roles still to be cast, I’m seeking two or three people in their 20s, 30s or 40s. All races, genders and disabilities welcome. We are an equal opportunity production.

Proposed Taping: London Ontario Friday December 13.

I also desperately need someone for production of a quality video. If you are interested in volunteering your skills, please e-mail me at maplesandbox at yahoo dot ca