Monthly Archives: July 2014

Legality of US IGA’s Analyzed – and Debunked

It’s well worth reading some of the more recent posts and articles, to keep an eye on what is happening in the US regarding FATCA – as we’ve learned to our dismay, that what happens down there will ultimately affect what happens up here.

Forbes has published a piece by James George Jatras, in which he says.

“The trouble is, FATCA doesn’t authorize Treasury to make these agreements with foreign governments, nor are IGAs treaties that will be submitted to the Senate for advice and consent.”

Forbes: Unauthorized FATCA ‘Intergovernmental Agreements’ Are Part Of Obama’s Executive Overreach

Jack Townsend, on his blog ‘Federal Tax Crimes’, posted the letter responding to a US congressman question on whether the IRS/Treasury Dept can legally enter into these agreements with other countries.

http://federaltaxcrimes.blogspot.ca/2014/07/irs-letter-to-congressman-defending-its.html

And, finally, Allison Christian’s post analyzing the legality:

http://taxpol.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/irs-claims-statutory-authority-for.html

Although Ms. Christian’s post is speaking to the legality, it’s very readable and should make the signer of that letter, Alastair M. Fitzpayne. hang his head in shame for not undertaking the proper legal research. (That’s the charitable version, others think it was simply an out and out lie).

She says,

“Instead of citing non-existent statutory authority that is easily refuted by simple reading, Treasury should own what it is doing outright.”

Every day I am thankful we have such prominent, knowledgeable and well respected people shining the spotlight on FATCA and the IGAs.

 

CBT Human Rights Complaint – Signers Wanted

A group of writers from the Isaac Brock Society and Maple Sandbox blogs has prepared a document that challenges citizenship-based taxation (CBT) as a violation of internationally recognized human rights. This document will be submitted as a formal complaint to a major international human rights organization within the next ten days. Any readers who would like to support this effort by “co-signing” (having their names added to the list of those filing the complaint) should so indicate by sending an email to calgaryfouroneone@gmail.com. The Canadian writers of the complaint hope to make this a truly international effort. Bloggers from all over the world are welcome to lend their names to this historic document.

Signers should feel comfortable with using their own names (pseudonyms are unacceptable in this instance) and should provide their nationality &/or country of residence as well. Signers do not have to be US persons, just people who support the cause.

In order not jeopardize the success of our complaint process we are unable to publish the document itself at this time.

Again, if you’re interested in signing (with your real name), please send an email to calgaryfouroneone@gmail.com within the next 10 days.

Note: email address has changed

Lynne Blaze Had a Great Fall: July 28 UPDATE

July 28 UPDATE:

I spoke to Lynne today. She thanks everyone for their good wishes, but still is not feeling well enough to have visitors.

We all want her back with us soon.

July 25 UPDATE:

Many of you know that our warrior Lynne Blaze sustained a serious injury.

Lynne is still in an acute care hospital, will probably be there for awhile, and then will likely move to a rehab setting. I expect that she will return to us in about six weeks or so.

for lynne Lynne used many very colorful words to describe her situation in hospital, that I cannot repeat.

The nurses at the hospital refer to Lynne (who I have always described as “Kindly Lynne”) as “feisty.” Lynne herself explains to me that “My inner bitch has now come out!”

So, I send flowers — for Lynne

…or for her nurses…

 

She is the same Lynne again that we all know, and she knows that we all miss her.

You Can't DoPS: No, No, Lynne — not yet!!!

 

Stephen

Vancouver Sun: Metro Vancouver Woman Joins Movement to Drop US Citizenship

 

PatCanadian

Thanks very much, PatCanadian, for doing this interview!

Vancouver Sun: Metro Vancouver Woman Joins Movement to Drop US Citizenship

The author, Douglas Todd made contact with Pat, due to Pat having contacted the Vancouver Sun regarding their coverage of FATCA/US tax policy on Canadians. He also asked Pat if she could help him get in touch with other people affected by this – several other Sandboxers/Brockers have – and also at the end of the article asks people to get in touch with him.

I’m wondering (hoping!) that’s because he plans to do more coverage of this important issue. It’s a complex issue with several, if not many, facets. If you’d like to share your story, or general information about the issue, and/or suggest another article focusing on a specific aspect/s of the problem, it may well be worth getting in touch with him.

Solving US Citizenship Problems, Toronto- Beaches, August 25, 2014

Life planning, Career planning and the Reality of U.S. Citizenship for Americans Abroad including Life Preparation for U.S.Citizen-children of U.S.Citizens

These seminars will include discussion and analysis of the IRS “relaxed opportunities” for people to come into compliance.

It is estimated there are 7 million U.S. citizens living outside the United States. Some of these people don’t know that the U.S. may consider them to be citizens. The vast majority of these Americans abroad (according to U.S. law), are required to file tax returns and complete information reporting forms to the United States. Although “citizenship-based” taxation has existed for years, what is new is the enforcement. Continue reading