IRS “Amnesty” Barrie McKenna Globe and Mail Urges Canadians to “Come Clean”

The IRS today announced an “amnesty” for special streamlined filing procedures that it says will give “thousands of people a new avenue to come into compliance.”

Barrie McKenna of the Globe and Mail (IRS eases rules for U.S. expats living abroad to come clean) says:

The United States is making it easier for U.S. expatriates – including many Canadians – to come clean on their back taxes just days before a planned crackdown on foreign financial institutions takes effect.


Umm Barrie. We have nothing to come clean about. We are Canadians.We are NOT “U.S. expatriates.”

Why is that simple concept so difficult for Canadian and American governments and media to understand?

Barbara Shecter of The Financial Post (U.S. Tax Officials Remove Risk Assessment and Unpaid Tax Limits To Encourage Canadians Compliance) says the IRS “is relaxing the rules to “induce” Canadians to comply.

She also lets us know the IRS Commissioner wants us to “sleep at night.“

Michael Danilack, a deputy commissioner at the IRS, said the changes should mean those affected  “can sleep at night,” knowing that they comply with U.S. rules and no longer face the prospect of financial penalties even if they owe no taxes.

“I’m assuming many of them are worried,” he said during a conference call Wednesday to discuss the revisions. “These are exactly the types of folks we would elect to be coming in [through the new] streamlined procedures.”


Mr. Danilak, the only thing that will help us sleep at night is for you and your International Robbery Service to get completely out of our honest, law-abiding lives as Canadians.

Of course, these Canadian newspapers neglected to advise that Canada Revenue Agency does not and will not collect for IRS on any Canadian citizen.  That could detract from their more important role of being the mouthpiece of the IRS in Canada.


19 thoughts on “IRS “Amnesty” Barrie McKenna Globe and Mail Urges Canadians to “Come Clean”

  1. Lynne Swanson Post author

    @Calgay411 Barrie McKenna has been singing the IRS “come clean” hymn for three years. This is what I he tweeted and I replied about his attempt to launder us for the IRS a couple of weeks ago.

    barrie mckenna ?@barriemckenna Jun 18
    IRS scraps penalties and intrusive risk questionnaire to get more Americans living abroad to come clean #FATCA

    1. Retweeted by BC Doc and 3 others

      @FATCAed @FATCA_Fallout @barriemckenna Cme clean? We r not dirty. Nor is our Canadian earned, saved, invested & taxed $. We r Canadians!

      1. Reply
  2. calgary411

    Gee, thanks ACA. It is apparent they don’t back renunciations and relinquishments. Their goal is different than for most of us in Canada PERIOD. Although, I guess those in Canada just here for a good time, not a long time will buy into the new and improved Streamline path to serfdom.

    And, you’re correct, Lynne, Barrie McKenna is a mouthpiece for the IRS and using ACA to do so.

    It’s another “Jesus, Joseph and Mary!” circumstance.

  3. Lynne Swanson Post author

    Now Barrie McKenna is on Twitter promoting a press release from American Citizens Abroad calling the amnesty program fair.

    1. Retweeted by Fat Cat

      Americans Abroad calls new IRS amnesty rules for ex-pat, non-filers “fair.” #FATCA …

      Allison Christians has engaged him in some tweet dialogue.
      1. @barriemckenna This is a generous reaction. There are reasons to be wary see e.g. @MopsickTaxLaw 

        9:16 PM – 23 Jun 2014 · Details
      2. @barriemckenna @MopsickTaxLaw But fact remains: citiz’p tax is unjust. Any solution that does not include fully free exit falls far short.

      3. @taxpolblog A ‘free’ exit means US must end citizenship-based taxation. Do you see that happening?

      4. Retweeted by Fat Cat

        @barriemckenna citizenship tax is both inefficient and uncompetitive in a global economy. Eventually they will figure it out.

        1. @taxpolblog How would the IRS stop genuine tax evaders from renouncing citizenship — without forms, penalties and back taxes?

        2. @barriemckenna for every regime there is always an anti-avoidance regime. In this case auditing actual residence would do the heavy lifting.

          I also sent him a few tweets. Here are a couple of them.

          1. @barriemckenna @FATCAed @taxpolblog It’s clear @ACAVoice doesn’t speak 4 1 million Canadians in #IRS #FATCA nightmare b/c of birthplace.


            1. @barriemckenna Y r u doing PR 4 #IRS? Y aren’t u reporting on horrendous impact on Canadian citizens?


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