Gavel-spotting is new sport for expat Americans in UK, Commonwealth courts

Last month's trial over the constitutionality of the Canadian government's enforcement of America’s FATCA legislation was, of course, hugely important for American expats around the world, all of whom are waiting, or perhaps should be, to hear how the court ultimately rules. For some, though, it was also a chance to study the gavel habits of a country other than the United States, and then sit back and wait for the gavel imagery that almost inevitably follows such events.

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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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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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UK official responds to MP written question on 'accidental Americans'

A U.K. government official responded to a written question on the matter of so-called 'accidental Americans' posed by a British Member of Parliament by noting that they weren't "created" by FATCA, but rather, that the 2010 legislation "created a mechanism for the financial accounts of overseas U.S. citizens to be reported to the U.S."

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Glimmer of hope seen in IRS proposal to tweak FATCA regs

After more than eight years of lobbying Congress and the White House, opponents of the 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act are cautiously welcoming news that the Internal Revenue Service has issued a proposal to make major changes in that legislation and certain other reporting requirements that have made life difficult for Americans living outside of the U.S.

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'Accidental Americans' demonstrate in Paris, minus invited guest (Trump)

 President Donald Trump didn’t show up to an event held yesterday on the Île aux Cygnes (Isle of Swans) in Paris, to which he had been invited – but then, he didn’t make it to a scheduled wreath-laying ceremony to honor French and American World War I dead at a French cemetery  the day before, either. 

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U.S. secures first FATCA conviction as extradited banker pleads guilty

United States prosecutors registered their first-ever successful prosecution under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, after the former chief executive  and chief business officer of a St Vincent and the Grenadines-based bank pleaded guilty to "conspiring to defraud the United States by failing to comply" with the legislation. 

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A renounced ‘accidental’ replies to UK gov’t’s Stride: ‘It’s not that we’re not British, we are – but we're also not really American'

A renounced ‘accidental’ replies to UK gov’t’s Stride: ‘It’s not that we’re not British, we are – but we're also not really American'

Last week, it was revealed that British Labour MP Preet Kaur Gill had received her second formulaic and non-committal response in two months to specific questions she had asked the...

Feb-19-2019