Ask your MP for “simpler renunciation” of US citizenship

I’m creating this post in hopes that other Canadians will agree that what I have done was a good idea, and will join me in writing to or speaking with their MPs. In the past, dialogue I have had with government representatives has been of the: “Please don’t legislate FATCA” variety, but today I took a different approach. I emailed  my Liberal MP, Chandra Arya, and suggested to him that the Liberal government might want to negotiate with USA for a “simpler renunciation” for Canadians who are caught up in the FATCA net, yet are unable to renounce due to a combination of a high renunciation fee (as compared to Canada’s much more reasonable fee) along with the complexities and expenses involved in the attendant need to become US tax and reporting compliant.

Shortly after sending the email to Mr. Arya, he called me.  He told me he is familiar with FATCA’s negative effect on innocent Canadians as he has a friend who is going through the renunciation process currently. He seemed very sympathetic with our plight. Mr. Arya also told me that he thought my suggestion for negotiating a “simpler renunciation” for Canadians made sense and said  it was something that possibly could be tackled as a multi-country initiative as not only Canadians would benefit by such a proposal. He said he would pursue my suggestion further and get back to me.

What if anything may come of my effort who knows.  But I strongly urge others to approach their MP with the same suggestion.





5 thoughts on “Ask your MP for “simpler renunciation” of US citizenship

  1. Stephen Kish


    I like your suggestion, which asks that our Government help to protect us from harm caused by a foreign state.

    I made last week a somewhat similar suggestion, but mine was directed to the Chair of the U.S. House subcommittee that organized the April hearing on FATCA harm.

    I said in part: “… Conversely, should FATCA not be repealed — and consequently the harm continues — I suggest that those persons who need to renounce their citizenship because of FATCA, be allowed a swift path to renunciation of their citizenship without any cost, administrative impediments, or penalties whatsoever.”

  2. WhiteKat

    @Lynne re: ” I suspect JT won’t do anything but it’s certainly worth a try. I will contact my Liberal MP who seems to “get it.””

    Thanks for the support. It definitely is worth a try. There was no lawsuit hanging over the government’s head, and not much incentive to “do anything” when we were originally thrown under the bus with the Canadian FATCA IGA. Now there is a lawsuit. Now the Canadian government has more reason to do something. In the email and discussion with my MP, I suggested that a ‘simpler path to renunciation’ of US citizenship might mitigate the need for the lawsuit to continue. He seemed particularly interested in that possibility.

  3. Lynne Swanson

    Thanks for the idea WhiteKat. I suspect JT won’t do anything but it’s certainly worth a try. I will contact my Liberal MP who seems to “get it.”

  4. WhiteKat

    MuzzledNoMore, if you read here, regarding your comment at Brock: ” As a blogger said many years ago, the fat(ca) lady has not yet sung. When she does I will begin fighting on another front. And that would involve the renunciation question that Paul S. has asked”

    Why wait for the fat(ca) lady? It might be too late then.


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