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When Financial Transparency Becomes Personal Tyranny

One of the most commonly used (and abused) buzzwords in public life is “transparency.” Transparency is good. Everybody’s for it.

The problem is the different, even contradictory, meanings the word is given.

For example, transparency in government is when citizens can see what their rulers are up to. It’s a necessary check on abuses of power. That’s why the United States and many other countries have laws on freedom of information. Read more

Repeal FATCA Protest Hits Washington Wall Of Silence

Repeal FATCA campaigners have met a wall of silence from the corridors of power in Washington DC. Despite Republican promises to scrap the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act on road to the presidential election, since Donald Trump has taken his seat in the Oval Office everything has gone quiet.

Repeal FATCA is a lobby group made up of 24 separate lobby groups with significant political clout in Washington. Read more

Why Is Nobody Listening To The Repeal FATCA Calls?

Campaigners lobbying for the repeal of FATCA in the USA are demanding to know why President Donald Trump and Republicans in Washington are ignoring their call to axe the controversial tax law.
Around 24 separate lobby groups have come together under the Repeal FATCA banner.

They want to abolish FATCA and have spoken with Republicans in Washington DC to support them.

But despite the Republicans listing the repeal of FATCA as one of their presidential election policies, no mention has been made of FATCA since President Trump has entered office. Read more

Establishing Same Country Exemption Through Legislation

John Richardson

The Maloney Approach

This is a continuation from a previous article, FATCA’s Same Country Exemption Won’t Work.

On April 25, 2017 Congresswoman Maloney introduced H.R. 2136: “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exception from certain reporting requirements with respect to the foreign accounts of individuals who live abroad.”

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FATCA’s Same Country Exemption Won’t Work

John Richardson

Introduction: If you were to REPEAL FATCA

A previous post discussing the what exactly is meant by FATCA and the Mark Meadows “Repeal FATCA” bill, described:

FATCA is the collective effect of a number of specific amendments to the Internal Revenue Code which are designed to target both (1) Foreign Financial Institutions and (2) those “U.S. Persons” who are their customers.

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Tax Justice Network Finds The Necessary $70 Billion

William Byrnes

Forgive the alarmist headline. But I just read Tax Justice Network (TJN)/ITEP defending FATCA again because it can raise $40 billion to $70 billion tax revenue a year for the U.S. Enough already. I hope that Tax Justice/ITEP are correct and that $70 billion a year remains to be recovered by the IRS from non-reported foreign income.

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How Exactly Does The Meadow Bill Repeal FATCA?

John RIchardson

(This blog is continued from a longer set of posts which you can find here: Part 1: Introducing FATCA – What Does It Mean In Your Life? and Part 2: FATCA:  How Does The Meadows Bill Interact?)

I was asked to answer the question:

“What exactly would it mean to repeal FATCA?”

The short answer to the question is:

“We make FATCA go away by reversing all the changes to the Internal Revenue Code that collectively comprise FATCA.”

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FATCA: How Does The Meadows Bill Interact?

John Richardson

(This is a continuation of a previous post by John Richardson titled, “Introducing FATCA – What Does It Mean In Your Life?” It gives a great summary of FATCA and leads directly into this article.)

First, About the FATCA legislation …

2012 – The world according to FATCA – For the compliance industry: “The Gift That Just Keeps on Giving.”

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Introducing FATCA – What Does It Mean In Your Life?

John Richardson, FATCA,

Be patient. Settle in for the ride. Historians will write much about the role FATCA played in eroding America’s role as a world power.

There is no legislative record which explains the purpose of FATCA. FATCA appeared as an “offset provision” in the HIRE Act which was signed into law by President Obama in March of 2010. Some claim that FATCA was for the purpose of preventing Homeland Americans from “stashing their wealth” in unreported “foreign bank accounts” outside the United States.

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How The U.S. Can Leverage FATCA Bilateral Process

TaxConnections Member Professor William Byrnes examines whether it is prudent for taxpayers to trust the governments of the 117 countries that scored a fifty or below on Transparency International’s corruption index. The complete information system invoked by the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) encourages, even prolongs, the bad behavior of black hat governments by providing fuel (financial information) to feed the fire of corruption and suppression of rivals. Professor Byrnes recommends that the United States leverage a “carrot-stick” policy tool to incentivize bad actors to adopt best tax administration practices.

Article download at https://ssrn.com/abstract=2916444

Nigel Green: ‘My Fight To Repeal FATCA’

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act was signed into law by President Obama in March, 2010; a few months later, the deVere Group announced that it would begin to formally start looking after American expatriate clients.

Here, Green discusses his opposition to FATCA and why it remains a priority, even at a time when other issues, including the changing landscape for UK pension transfers, are also demanding his attention.

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