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Testimony: Businessman Abroad Affected By FATCA

John Richardson, Tax Advisor

To Whom It May Concern:

Thank you for the opportunity to comment to the Committee. Under normal circumstances I would introduce myself however, given present circumstances, I cannot as my status as a US Person, is being reviewed by the State Department at my request to validate my relinquishing acts in the early 1970’s.

I am a Canadian citizen, registered as a Canadian born abroad at birth, in the United States while my Canadian parents completed their post graduate education in the United States.

If you are unaware, with the exception of the United States, it is not a good thing to be considered a US Person (a newly coined status) for tax purposes, if you live outside the U.S. It is not a good thing to have any U.S. indicia at all. Who am I?

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Testimony: A Letter To Senators From An American Affected By FATCA

John Richardson, Tax Advisor

Dear Senators:

I wish to address a serious injustice that the United States government is perpetrating against millions of innocent law-abiding citizens and residents of countries around the world. Through the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”), the United States of America is violating the international human rights of persons who possess some degree of (often distant) US origin.

All of you and I share one thing in common: we were born in the USA. However, I was born to a Canadian father, who brought my family back to Canada when I was an infant. I am therefore a Canadian citizen from birth (“born abroad”) and I have lived essentially my entire life in Canada, only as a Canadian. I have never lived as an adult, studied, worked or earned income in the US.

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FATCA’S Unintended Consequences – Feeding Corruption And Suppression Of Political Rivals

William Byrnes, Tax Advisor

FATCA’s primary purpose was for the U.S. government to obtain otherwise private financial information and exercise control of the global financial industry. Unlike a conventional withholding tax which actually intends to collect tax, FATCA imposes penalties based upon non-compliance with tax.

The tax revenue projections, which were used to validate the passage of FATCA did not show FATCA raising any significant tax revenue annually. In fact, except for the extraordinary penalties assessed, little additional tax has been collected. In comparison to the annual on budget spending by the U.S. government, the actual amount of tax collected by FATCA is statistically insignificant.

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Higher Court Decision Confirms – FATCA Is Here To Stay

The linchpin legislation of the U.S. government in its effort to combat tax evasion abroad over recent years has been the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Last week, the latest legal challenge to FATCA was thwarted when the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss the case against FATCA.

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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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