This meeting will be held February 1 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Kingston and Frontenac Library Central Branch in the Delahaye Room @ 130 Johnson St. Kingston.
The Kingston session will be identical to that of the January 25 Toronto meeting and is organized by a small group of Canadians who don’t like the treatment of U.S.-Canadians by U.S. Congress.
The speaker, Toronto attorney John Richardson, will outline concerns of Canadians impacted by the US tax laws and help you identify and understand your options. John has a website at citizenshipsolutions.ca
Some key take home messages at the Toronto meeting were:
—There is plenty of time (really!) to hold off making a decision on how to act. DO NOT RUSH INTO MAKING ANY DECISION.
—UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU CALL A TAX PROFESSIONAL FOR HELP BEFORE FIRST EDUCATING YOURSELF. Be careful and skeptical if you attend any meeting given only by a “tax professional.” You need to receive balanced information.
—Are you really a U.S citizen? Mr. Richardson feels that it is an “open question” (and I strongly agree) whether the U.S. has the right to deem people born abroad to U.S. parents as U.S. citizens.
—Most options unfortunately have some downside.
WHILE YOU ARE WAITING TO ATTEND THE MEETING IN KINGSTON AND LATER MEETINGS IN CANADA:
–Write your Canadian MP TODAY and complain about FATCA taking away your rights. You must tell your MP that if he/she votes for the agreement between Canada and US to implement FATCA you will never vote for that person again or for their party.
–If you care (as I think you should) about changing US tax laws, just send an email to the Senate Finance Committee which has asked for suggestions. You can say simply for example that you ask that Congress change the tax rules from citizenship based taxation to residence based taxation. If you have privacy concerns, send the email from a public computer. You might obtain ideas on your submission from the lengthy submission Mr. Richardson made (with Willard Yates and Stephen Kish) which can be found on John’s website. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t worry about the deadline date.
–You may not like the Republicans, but sign their anti-FATCA petition anyway when it comes out (keep following https://www.facebook.com/republicansoverseas). This petition will be used to provide more leverage to change the minds of US congresspeople so that they stop harming us.
Some of our organizers at the Toronto Meeting: