A Federal Court in Ottawa on Monday dismissed the latest legal effort by two dual Canadian/U.S. citizens to block Canada’s implementation of the U.S.’s Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, dealing a blow to thousands of Americans with dual citizenship and consequent tax obligations not just in Canada but, supporters of the plaintiffs argue, around the world.
Monday’s ruling, by Federal Court of Canada Justice Anne Mactavish, was the latest in a series of court setbacks for opponents of FATCA since the tax-information-gathering law came into force around the world in 2014, and comes some six months after a five-day trial in the matter, which took place in Vancouver in late January and early February.
The ruling also comes just three days after a French court decided in favor of allowing France’s FATCA implementation regime to stand. As reported, that decision sparked a social media storm on the part of Americans with dual nationality in France as well as abroad.