It seems strange to be writing to American government officials. The last time I did that was when I wrote to President Richard Nixon in 1970 when I was nineteen. That letter was related to my distress at the Vietnam war and the killing of four students by the National Guard at Kent State.
As a Canadian citizen for the past 40 years, it never occurred to me I would one day again write to a US President and other U.S. officials.
I am doing so because you are now attempting to reclaim me and my finances as your own.
I moved to Canada as a spiritual draft dodger and a young bride (long since divorced) in 1971.
Internal Revenue Service didn’t care about me then. I didn’t have any money. I was young. Copies of my records from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) confirm I immigrated to Canada with the grand sum of $200.
I applied for Canadian citizenship two days after I was eligible in 1972 (I was able to fast track because I was married to a Canadian). On April 27, 1973, I became a proud Canadian citizen.
I have voted in every federal, provincial and municipal election in Canada since then. I worked for a Canadian provincial government for decades.
You may wonder why I’m telling you all this. I’m doing that because at the time, becoming a citizen of another country, working for a foreign government and voting in a foreign election meant “permanent and irrevocable” loss of U.S. citizenship.
I had no idea until 2004 that U.S. Supreme Court reinstated my citizenship in 1986 without my knowledge or consent (and that of many others around the world) by ruling that criteria for loss of citizenship was unconstitutional.
This may be difficult for you to understand, but I do not follow either the decisions of a foreign Supreme Court or your country’s tax laws. Why would I? I pay taxes to my country of citizenship where I worked, earned an income, saved and invested.
Even learning of the Supreme Court decision nearly 10 years ago, I thought the choice was I could have my U.S. citizenship reinstated. I had no idea I was forced to resume U.S. citizenship.
I now realize United States used to punish people who became citizens of other countries by stripping them of U.S. citizenship. Now you do it by trying to force U.S. citizenship on them.
Why Do You Want to FATCA Me?
I have two questions for you: Why do you want to FATCA me? What right do you have to now reclaim me as a “US person” to scoop up information about my finances?
Myths vs FATCA is wrong. I am not a myth. I am not a tax cheat.
I am a sixty-two year old Canadian woman. I am retired after careers in Canada in social services, human resources management and in part-time freelance writing and broadcasting. I have had multiple sclerosis for 29 years. I have always been fully compliant with my Canadian taxes (and US taxes before I immigrated to Canada).
I have no economic connection to United States. Over four decades I have lived in Canada, I have enjoyed visits back to Pennsylvania to visit family and friends. I spent money in stores, restaurants and hotels and on entertainment during those visits.
My grandparents, father and stepfather are all gone. My most recent trip was to see my mother for her 90th birthday. I will visit again next week to see her and to try to give my sister and her partner a bit of a break for Mom’s caregiving.
After my mother’s death, I plan to never visit U.S. again. I fail to see how that will help your economy. That’s not my problem.
My problem is FATCA. You call this Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). I call it Foreign Attack to Control All.