The IRS is after Canadian investment guru and author Gordon Pape. They claim he owes them $48,730.57.
Mr. Pape wrote of his plight in this month’s Zoomer magazine. Because the article has only been published in print format, I am unable to link to it here. I am not uploading a copy of the article for copyright reasons, but here are some of the highlights.
Mr. Pape was born in the U.S. He moved To Canada with his parents when he was 13. He became a Canadian citizen in Canada’s Centennial Year (1967) and “promptly” received a CLN. (Lucky guy!)
He spends part of each winter in Florida and completed 1040NR taX return with the closer connection form. Then the IRS was after his money.
Mr. Pape says:
Imagine opening your mail and finding a bill from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for $48,730.57
That’s what happened to me during the summer, and I’m not a U.S. citizen. I don’t even own property in the States.
“Needless to say, I was shocked. Then, I was angry. I suddenly understood first-hand what the estimated one million Canadian residents with U.S. ties are experiencing as the IRS aggressively pursues anyone who has failed to file an American return declaring their world-wide income.”
Mr. Papr warns other snowbirds. He sent to IRS a copy of his CLN and is awaiting their response. He concludes:
“I certainly have no intention of paying them $48,000 – or anything for that matter.”
I think Mr. Pape has had an OMG moment. He is fortunate to have a CLN. I hope this may inspire him to help with our battle.