Monthly Archives: November 2014

USA Went to War With UK Over Taxing…See The Irony

My article in today’s Tax-News (an international tax publication based in UK) USA Went To War with UK Over Taxing…See The Irony.

As Ginny concludes, “Justice is not easy and it sure is expensive.”

Ms. Hillis and others hope Mayor Johnson will make Winston Churchill proud and join the revolt against FATCA taking place right now in Canada with help from around the globe. If Mayor Johnson were to take similar action in Great Britain, it could serve as a New Independence War to fight unjust taxes of a foreign government. Mr. Johnson has the “political cache” to do just that.

“I assume you well know your history. And that you can see the irony.”

Ted Hsu Asking Questions About IGA

Allison Christians has information on her blog about numerous questions Liberal Ted Hsu asked in an Order Paper (scroll down to Q816 Nov 24, 2014).

I do not pretend to understand the myriad of complexities on this. Heck,even Allison can’t figure it out and she’s a law professor! Allison says:

In fact, Allison says:

Some of the questions clearly illustrate that treaty-making in Canada is really quite a mysterious process

Allison calls it:

It is a maddeningly opaque regime.

That pretty well sums up this whole experience with the Canadian government. I’m glad Mr. Hsu continues to ask questions. But, I fully expect the answers to Mr. Hsu will be non-answers–exactly like the non-answers he got to his questions last year.

ADCS Asks Democrats Abroad to Correct Misinformation

In a recent e-mail to Brazil Democrats Abroad, Regional Vice Chair – Americas and Vice-Chair Democrats Abroad Canada conveyed some glaring inaccurate information about the Canadian lawsuit.

Adrienne Jones to Democrats Brazil

That misinformation was:

Republicans Overseas “have exploited the fear of FATCA to the nth degree to target their Repeal FATCA ’cause’ and their proposed suit, get this, against the Canadian government for signing the compliance agreement (Intergovernmental Agreement)

On November 19, ADCS sent a letter to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of Democratic National Committee asking for a correction to the information. Here is the content of the letter:

November 19, 2014

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee

Dear Ms. Schulz,

It has been brought to the attention of the Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty (ADCS) Directors that Adrienne Jones, DPCA Americas Region Vice-Chair and Democrats Abroad Canada Vice-Chair, has communicated incorrect information regarding our Canadian lawsuit on the constitutionality and legality of the Canadian legislation enabling the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Intergovernmental Agreement.

In her letter to David Ferrell and possibly to others, Ms. Jones stated:

Republicans Overseas “have exploited the fear of FATCA to the nth degree to target their Repeal FATCA ’cause’ and their proposed suit, get this, against the Canadian government for signing the compliance agreement (Intergovernmental Agreement).

We advise you that Republicans Overseas and the Republican party have no connection to our Canadian lawsuit nor have they provided any financial support to the lawsuit.

Please read a copy of the Claims (which we hope you and Democrats Abroad will support) filed in Canada Federal Court at:

The plaintiffs of our lawsuit are two brave Canadian women who were born in the United States, but came to Canada at the age of five and have lived their lives since then only as Canadian citizens. The lawsuit is being funded only through donations to ADCS, a Canadian non-profit corporation, from Canadians and international friends from Australia to Vatican City.

Our lawsuit is the first legal challenge to FATCA in the world.

We also confirm that the ADCS Directors fully and enthusiastically support the Republicans Overseas planned lawsuit in the United States, but we are not involved in that litigation.

As Democrats Abroad are now fully aware of the devastating impact FATCA has on honest law-abiding people around the world, we hope that your organization will join with Republicans Overseas and with our Canadian group to defeat FATCA.

We suspect that Ms. Jones was confused regarding the lawsuit. However, ADCS respectfully asks that you, on behalf of Democrats Abroad, correct publicly the misinformation that Republicans Overseas has initiated a Canadian lawsuit, and that you take steps to ensure that Democrats Abroad will now work cooperatively, and in a non-partisan manner, with Republicans Overseas and ADCS to defeat the entirety of FATCA.

I will ask Michael DeSombre of Republicans Overseas to post this letter on the Republicans Overseas website and ask that you kindly post the letter on the website for Democrats Abroad. Thank you for doing this.

A reply would be appreciated.


Stephen Kish, ADCS Chair
John Richardson, Co-Chair
Patricia Moon, Treasurer
Carol Tapanila, Director
Lynne Swanson, Chair, Litigation Committee

Toronto, Canada


Adrienne Jones, DPCA Americas Region Vice-Chair and Democrats Abroad Canada Vice-Chair
Sharon Manitta, DPCA Communications Director for Press
Michael DeSombre, President, Republicans Overseas

There have been e-mails exchanged since then between Stephen and Ms. Jones. There has been no correction.

Republicans Overseas posted this on their Facebook page.

One More Reason To Fight FATCA: CRA Privacy Breach

Yikes! This is exactly the kind of thing we have predicted for FATCA.

CBC is reporting a privacy breach leaks tax details of prominent Canadians.

Murray Rankin says:

“They were warned…Here we go again.”

And An Ottawa lawyer specializing in privacy law called the latest breach “very, very serious,” among the worst he has seen in 30 years.

“I don’t remember a case when CRA lost control over such information,” Michel Drapeau said in an interview.

Just imagine what could happen with a leak of far more detailed information about us. Then, think about that information falling into the hands of fraudsters–or worse.

One more reason to keep fighting FATCA–and keep donating to ADCS.