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Canadian court is latest to reject FATCA legal challenge

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.

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UK turns down U.S.-born Brit's FATCA FOI request, after Canada, Oz obliged their citizens

UK officials have twice turned down a Freedom of Information request filed by a U.S. born British citizen who was interested in knowing the “extent of…the annual disclosure of British taxpayer information to the US Internal Revenue Service, as per FATCA’s requirements" – even though similar requests to the Canadian and Australian governments were recently granted, The American Expat Financial News Journal has learned.

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Appeal predicted, as Canada FATCA trial ends, 'no matter who wins'

 As last week's trial over the constitutionality of the Canadian government's enforcement of America’s FATCA legislation ended on Friday, the Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty (ADCS), which brought the case on behalf of two individual plaintiffs, said an appeal would ultimately follow, "no matter who wins."

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Events listing

A regular listing of events taking place around the world for American expatriates.  

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September 2019

September 21: Renouncing your U.S. citizenship: Complimentary seminar, London, England

Moodys Gartner Tax Law, the Calgary, Canada-based law firm, will host the latest in its series of seminars covering the key topics of interest to many Americans living outside of the U.S. who are contemplating renouncing their American citizenship on Saturday, September 21, in London.

This seminar, which will be presented by Moodys Gartner’s Alexander Marino, will take place at the Waldorf Hilton on Aldwych, near Covent Garden, in the hotel's Adelphi suites Nos. 2 and 3.  It will begin at 10am and run for about two and a half hours.

Topics to be covered will include how to minimize the cost of renouncing, and how to ensure that one is able to enter the U.S. in the future without a problem.

For more information and to register, click here.

September 25: American Expats Financial Forum, Brussels

As part of an “Expat Information Fair” being organized by ING Group – the Dutch multinational banking and financial services company – and supported by the American Club of Brussels, this forum for American expatriates has been put together, to help bring Americans resident in Belgium together with a panel of experts. Hosting the event will be Brian Dunhill, founder and chief executive of Brussels-based Dunhill Financial. The event is due to begin at 6pm and run until around 8pm. 

For more information, click here. 

October 2019

October 5 (Saturday): Democrats Abroad United Kingdom's first-ever Tax Day, London  

An all day (10:30am - 5pm) event, this Democrats Abroad UK Tax Day is being described by its sponsors as "an all-encompassing event that will feature topics ranging from tax and financial planning to Social Security," with the aim of helping Americans abroad to "understand their tax-filing obligations and the financial complexities that accompany being an American abroad."

Speakers "confirmed so far" include Kristopher Heck, managing partner, Tanager Wealth Management; George King, senior wealth manager, Maseco; Jack Leuchtman, regional federal benefits administrator, Social Security Administration; Susan Shriver, tax consultant and former IRS executive; David Treitel, founder and managing director, American Tax Returns Ltd, and Liz Zitzow, managing director, British American Tax.

The event will take place at David Game College at 31 Jewry Street, near Aldgate High Street, London, EC3N 2ET.

To register (tickets are £40 each, £20 for concessions), click here. A Democrats Abroad spokesperson said ticket sales will be limited by the size of the venue, and early reservations are recommended. 

Those wishing to send questions in advance may do so to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those wishing to be added to the DAUK tax committee's mailing list, to stay informed of the organizations advocacy worked, are invited to email this interest to the same address. 

The DAUK says that it is and will be unable to provide individual tax advice, and urges anyone who needs such advice to consult a professional tax adviser, accountant or tax return preparer.

October 10: B Corporation U.K.’s ‘B Inspired Day' in London

B Lab, the Pennsylvania-based organization behind the increasingly important, so-called B Corporation certification – which companies seek to obtain as proof of their adoption of a high standard of social and environmental performance, transparency, and legal accountability – is holding a day of events that it says are aimed at exporing "the rapidly changing role of business in society," while also celebrating those businesses "that are redefining their contribution" to the public good.

The event will feature what the B Lab organization describes as "a series of TED-style talks, kitchen table discussions and ‘fireside’ chats" that it says will explore "what we need to do now and tomorrow, to create an inclusive and durable economy for all." 

London "B Inspired Day" will take place at the Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Field Park, south of the Thames near Tower Bridge and Tooley Street, beginning at 10am and lasting until 5pm. Tickets, which are now going at around £200 each, as the discount period has ended, may be reserved by clicking here.   

October 11 - 13: Democrats Abroad's 2019 EMEA Regional Meeting in Athens 

The Democrats Abroad will hold its 2019 regional meeting for Europe, the Middle East and Africa from Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct 13 in Athens. The event will bring together leaders, volunteers and special guests, with the aim of preparing for the 2020 elections, and will include a "gala dinner".  For information click here. 

 

November 2019

November 17: American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce's 17th annual CSR conference, 'We Are The Change Generation,' at the Benaki Museum, Pireos, Athens  

This year's 17th annual CSR conference is being held in conjunction with the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce's own Corporate Responsibility Committee. The event is designed to enable delegates to build their CSR awareness, learn about new opportunities, and develop more meaningful corporate social responsibility practices. This year's conference, the organizers say, "will focus on four pillars: What Worries Us, What Changes Us, What Inspires Us, What is Next." The event's CSR Marketplace initiative, meanwhile, will "showcase best practices by companies, designed to promote more interaction, dialogue, and sharing among conference participants." More information on the event may be found by clicking here.

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Long-awaited Canada FATCA trial kicks off on Monday, with 'live webcast'

A trial in which a group of Canadian/American citizens are seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the Canadian government's enforcement of America’s FATCA legislation is set to begin on Monday in a federal courthouse in Vancouver, British Columbia, and will be broadcast live via a "webcast", according to sources involved in the lawsuit.

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Podcast: Three experts scrutinize IRS's new 'Relief Procedures' for 'Certain Former Citizens'

Podcast: Three experts scrutinize IRS's new 'Relief Procedures' for 'Certain Former Citizens'

Much has been written and spoken about the Internal Revenue Service's new "Relief Procedures for Certain Former Citizens" regime since it was unveiled earlier this month – apparently to enable mostly "accidental...

Sep-20-2019