Can the Senate Read These and Fail to Act?

Can the Senate Finance Committee read the submissions on the devastating impact of CBT and FATCA and fail to act?

All I can say to that is how little our submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee made.

I hope it will make a difference. But, I;m not optimistic.

Again, I will quote Will Rogers.

The only difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.

Americans Abroad Need Tax Justice Too

Americans Abroad Need Tax Justice Too say Lynne Swanson and Victoria Ferauge in an article published in The Hill.

“Why are we doing this to folks? Why are we tormenting them in this way?” IRS Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson asked in an address to Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association FATCA Policy Symposium in Washington last year.

Who Are These “Folks?”

These “folks” are Americans living abroad: NGO workers, English teachers, physicians, taxi drivers, lawyers, bar tenders, nurses, accountants, engineers, stay at home parents, retirees, U.S. military veterans, entrepreneurs promoting American-made products creating jobs in the United States and others..

But according to some members of Congress and advocates for tax justice in the United States, these “folks” are really tax cheats, tax evaders, traitors, Fat Cats, criminals, money launderers, drug traffickers, and terrorist financers hiding “illicit activities” in their bank accounts.

If you listen to the “folks” themselves, you get a very different picture. They are simply Americans living rather ordinary lives in Australia or Zimbabwe instead of Maine or California. And it should be no surprise that they have bank accounts where they live, work, earn income—and pay taxes.

What is their Problem?

These “folks” are tormented by the same problems: FATCA and Citizenship-based taxation (CBT)…

The article reports on CBT and FATCA. It recommends a solution:

There is a simple solution to end the torment of honest Americans by their own government. United States should join the rest of the world and move to residence based taxation—including scrapping FATCA for Americans abroad.

Obama Says “America has to write the rules of the global economy.”

Obama is finally being honest about his mission and that of the United States of Arrogance.

In a weekly address last week, Obama insisted:

America has to write the rules of the global economy…

Dollar GlobeHe says this is all about American values.

Yep. He got that right. The value to control every other country on the planet.

He also says:

We are meant to win the future.

He knows:

“When the playing field is level, nobody can beat us.”

Yep again. Obama plans to flatten the rest of the world so “everyone plays by the same set of rules.”

Those rules, of course, are American rules.

This gives us a bit of a sense of why the U.S. thinks they can impose CBT and FATCA on us.

Oh wait. Isn’t that a different set of rules than what applies to the rest of the world? What happened to a level playing field?

THE HARM CAUSED TO AN INNOCENT FAMILY

An anonymous donor who contributed to the ADCS lawsuit sent me a long letter. It contained these words:

“I can feel the fatigue in our small team, but please forward my words of encouragement: We are the only ones fighting FATCA ['...the most arrogant piece of illegal, immoral and evil overreach by any foreign --- yes, America happens to be foreign to the rest of the world...'] and CBT and any injury we can do to it will crack it open and show how evil it is inside. If we stop, nobody will do it.”

He/she describes some of the harm:

“I also join a small testimony how all this affected my family.

My mother, the only one with a hint of a long faded American accent, is scared of talking in public. She hasn’t had access to a bank account in three years, she cannot be associated with any of our businesses and cannot even be named on any of the assets she should be entitled to. She has become a non-person and so would we if our very dirty secret was discovered. Because of the fear of her place of birth being noticed at the U.S. immigration, we missed the funerals of her four closest relatives, including her parents.

[Bold in original:] Let me repeat this: my mother wasn’t present at her parents’ funerals because she feared it might destroy the life of her husband and children!

…and the extreme anger:

“We used to be the best Ambassadors for America. We always found an excuse when the wretched country trampled human rights, invaded foreign countries, manipulated the markets, or just crashed the World economy. Now, we hate it with so much rage that we can’t ever forgive it. I personally swear never to go there again, never buy American again and systematically oppose the will of the US in my private life and professional and [xxxxx] careers. I would rather catch AIDS than ever have an American passport again.”

Letter From Ginny. Please Help with FATCA Lawsuit Funding

Ginny and Gwen, who are risking so much for all of us, need our help.

We are getting close to the May 1 deadline for the next payment to our legal team. We still need more than $35,000.

Ginny has written a letter to supporters. Here is what Ginny says:

April 22, 2015

Dear Supporters,

Gwen and I have always been so appreciative, and overwhelmed by the many donations to our lawsuit from Canada and other donors around the world. Much has been asked of donors and they have so generously responded.

We are clearly up against a government determined to wear us down by a profusion of several thousands of documents and other delays that our legal team has to deal with. We know there are many people that the United States Government considers off-shore tax cheats. Neither Gwen nor I, nor any of you who live outside of the US are those cheats.

We are appealing to those of you who have never donated to this very important lawsuit to join in supporting us, and our team, to ensure that our small voices will be heard as we take on this precedent-setting lawsuit against our government, which has so callously disregarded our Charter and privacy Rights and those of our families.

If you have already given, Gwen and I are so grateful and hope you will be able to continue to support us.

You can help Gwen and I to stand for all of you who are equally affected. We are all in this together, but we need your support. It always strikes me that if we could receive even $1 from just the US citizens living in Canada, who are caught up in this ever-expanding net cast by the US government, this lawsuit would be fully funded.

We need your financial support and humbly ask for it now. You can make a difference through your donations.

We can, and will, do this together with your help.

Please help Ginny and Gwen with your donations to ADCS.
Please help us make the next installment, due on May 1, to our very skilled constitutional lawyer Joseph Arvay by donating now to the Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty.

Sincerely,

Ginny