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#FATCA debate via Twitter – Defines some well articulated positions and provides structure for debate

This week the National Post published an article about the possible effects (suggesting it could be damaging to Canadians) of the ADCS-ADSC.ca FATCA lawsuit. The article is a report on an interview that the author had with Calgary based U.S. tax laywer Roy Berg.

The above tweet references an article, published by Moody’s in which there is a suggestion that by participating in this lawsuit, that the plaintiffs would incur further tax liability to the IRS. The article states:

As an aside, we acknowledge that the two Canadian plaintiffs are exposing themselves to tremendous tax and other legal risks. Sticking to what we know, the plaintiffs seem to have admitted that they willfully did not file FBARs and US tax returns, both of which are criminal acts. In addition, there might be US tax exposure to them personally because a Canadian non-profit organization is raising funds and paying their legal fees to fund the litigation. Even the most casual observer has to applaud the bravery of the plaintiffs and the not-so-subtle parallel to original signatories to the Declaration of Independence.

Since this “aside” is irrelevant to the issue, we can assume that this is an attempt by Moody’s to somehow intimidate the plaintiffs. (Or at least that’s how I view it.). The simple reality is that the compliance industry is the sole beneficiary of FATCA.

But, that “aside” aside,  the article generated a number of interesting comments. I suggest that the following stream of comments do a good job of framing the issues in the context of a broader FATCA debate.

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US residents avoid tax using trusts located in “Tax Haven USA” while #Americansabroad evade tax through #TFSA

Do as I say! Not as I do!

It’s official. As we end 2013 and begin 2014 it’s clear that the administration of Barack Obama  has distinguished itself as becoming the most hypocritical joke in the world. For those seeking additional insight on this point, I recommend “Sangeeta Richard is proof of failed American reciprocity“. Although this article is written in the context of the recent U.S. arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York, the implications spread far and wide.

The fallout over the Indian consular officer,  Devyani Khobragade, whom the US Marshals humiliated through strip and cavity searching her despite her immunity (we learn now that it is full UN immunity!), has much greater interest for the Isaac Brock Society than perhaps we realize.  It demonstrates the US’s stance towards other nations as being one of, “Do as I say, not as I do.”  I.e., the US has become monstrous bully and hypocrite.   When citing diplomatic protocols in his defense of accused murderer Raymond Allen Davis (see video of Obama’s plea), President Obama emphasized the concept of reciprocity.  Yet now his administration violates the very principles that he iterated in that press conference by treating Devyani Khobragade with disrespect and by indicting her for Form Crime.

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