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Notice to Readers: Irrelevant and Political or Anti-IRS Comments Will Not Be Approved

[To be cross-posted on Brock when it arises from the dead]

Recently Canada’s National Post said: “Dissent serves a valuable social function: it moderates, brings internal accountability and leads to better decisions because of the value of diversity and the contest of ideas.”

“The dissenter is the one who speaks to the future with a voice pitched to a key that will carry through the years.” and Freedom of Speech is “…the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom” says Benjamin Cardozo.

Melvin Urofsky: ”…the dissent may strengthen the limits of the majority, preventing it from sweeping too broadly — a form of damage control.”

Yesterday Jack Townsend at the “Federal Tax Crimes” blog proclaimed a new policy restricting the types of comments permitted to be posted on his site:

“Notice to Readers: Irrelevant and Political or Anti-IRS Comments Will Not Be Approved (1/22/16)

I have in the past routinely approved most irrelevant and political and anti-IRS comments to blog entries.

Today, I received another and my tolerance for such comments has worn thin. I post below the comment that has provoked my reaction.

I remind readers that this is a federal tax crimes blog. It is not a political blog or tax policy blog or any other kind of blog except federal tax crimes. Hence, I will no longer approve comments that are not relevant to the blog entry and that present more political argument or anti-IRS argument than analysis of the law relevant to federal tax crimes issues.

For those of you who want to make political comments or anti-IRS, I recommend that you find another blog which welcomes those comments. For example, you might try the Tax Prof Blog, where Professor Paul Caron posts each day one entry labeled The IRS Scandal, Day xxx (the entry today is The IRS Scandal, Day 988). Each day you will find a posting and, so long as you want to make political or anti IRS comments, he seems more than willing to post such comments on his blog.

Thus, for readers who may be inclined to want to make these comments, please note that henceforth they will not be approved for publication on the Federal Tax Crimes Blog…”

Bravo MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault for keeping the pressure up on FATCA!

With thanks to badger, who found this and passed it on.

The NDP now pressures the Liberals on FATCA IGA information turnover.
Here is some info on MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Critic for National Revenue (this guy is doing his job!). Perhaps we should thank him, communicate with him on an ongoing basis, etc. Contact info at bottom of post.
 

 

Q-352 – January 21, 2016 – Mr. Dusseault (Sherbrooke) –
 
 
With respect to the September 2015 announcement of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that it would effectuate a transfer of information to the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS):
 

  • (a) how many records has the CRA transferred to the IRS to date;
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  • (b) on what dates did information transfer occur and how many records were transferred on each date;
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  • (c) how many records of individuals have been transferred in total;
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  • (d) by what means were the records transferred;
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  • (e) how much did it cost the CRA to compile the records for transfer;
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  • (f) how much did it cost the CRA to complete the transfer;
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  • (g) how were the costs in

      (e) and (f) calculated and what is the breakdown of those costs;

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  • (h) who made the decision to transfer the records;
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  • (i) when was the decision made to transfer records;
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  • (j) when did the CRA become aware that the U.S. Treasury had extended the deadline for such transfer
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  • (k) how was the CRA made aware that the U.S. Treasury had extended the deadline;
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  • (l) what steps were taken to assess and respond to the notice of deadline extension in (j)
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  • (m) what was the policy reason for transferring records despite the deadline extension;
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  • (n) when is the next transfer of records scheduled to take place;
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  • (o) what analysis was conducted to assess whether the transfer of records during the   writ period for the 42nd General Election complied with the “Guidelines on the Conduct of   Ministers, Ministers of State, Exempt Staff and Public Servants During an Election”;
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  • (p) what records exist with respect to any analysis conducted in relation to (o);
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  • (q) was information concerning the transfer of records from the CRA to the IRS included in any  transition materials prepared for a potential change in government or the Ministers responsible for CRA and Foreign Affairs;
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  • (r) what documents exist in relation to (q) and what are their file numbers;
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  • (s) has the new Minister responsible for CRA been informed of information transfers to the IRS and, if so,

    (i) when,
    (ii) how,
    (iii) by whom,
    (iv) with what documents produced or prepared for this purpose;

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  • (t) has the new Minister of Justice been informed of the information transfer and been provided with any analysis of its legal implications and, if so,

    (i) when,
    (ii) how,
    (iii) by whom,
    (iv) with what documents produced or prepared for this purpose;

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  • (u) have Canadians who will be affected by the transfer been informed of the transfer of their  records;
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  • (v) what plans exist with regard to informing Canadians about the transfer of their records;
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  • (w) has any proposal to inform Canadians of the transfer of their information to the IRS been evaluated by the government and, if so, with what conclusions;
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  • (x) what documents exist in relation to (w) and what are their file numbers;
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  • (y) what legal challenges does the government anticipate with respect to information transfer,and how is it preparing to respond;
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  • (z) what measures are in place to ensure the security of record transfers to the IRS; and
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  • (aa) has the Privacy Commissioner been consulted or involved in any way in the preparation or planning of record transfer to ensure conformity with applicable laws regarding the exchange of Canadians’ personal information and, if so, to what extent?
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    NDP page

    Twitter: @PLDusseault

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    Contact via webpage

    Pierre-Luc.Dusseault@parl.gc.ca

    Ottawa:
    Telephone: 613-943-7896
    Fax: 613-943-7902

    100 Belvédère Street South (Main Office)
    Suite 130
    Sherbrooke, Quebec
    J1H 4B5
     
     

Solving US Citizenship Problems: Accidental Americans via UberConference Sat Jan 23 2016

 

UPDATE JANUARY 21, 2016
 
WHAT: Solving U.S. Citizenship Problems: Accidental Americans

cdn us flags  info session 2

WHEN: Saturday January 23, 2016, 2:00-4:00 pm EST

 
This meeting is being moved online/conference call via UberConference and will make it possible to participate from outside the Toronto area. Please pass the word!
 
REGISTRATION & ADMISSION: please register by submitting admission cost of $20.00 CAD via Paypal to: information@cbtlawsuit.ca

Please note you do not have to be a member of Paypal in order to pay/register.

Once registration is complete we will email you the details of how to log in, etc.
 

Generally, an Accidental American is:
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