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2013 Nov 27 – Douglas

William Douglas
New tax law driving expats to renounce U.S. citizenship
McClatchy DC (27 Nov 2013)


The story of Ruth Ann Freeborn of Kingston, Ontario anchors this report on expatriate Americans who are renouncing citizenship in record numbers.

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27 November 2013 at 6:00 am

2013 Jan 25 – Allentuck

Andrew Allentuck
Dual Canadian-U.S. citizens can conquer tax challenges
Financial Post (25 Jan 2013)


A Toronto family with income of up to $218,000 per year is said to face no serious problems in remaining compliant with two tax systems. The fatuous closing sentence says of the primary wage earner: “In the end, careful observance of rules of both countries will keep his tax bill to no more than what it would be in Canada without exposure to American taxes.” RESPs are mentioned, but not the excessively burdensome and expensive reporting requirements. Despite the couple’s intention to remain in Canada, no mention is made of their perhaps considering renunciation of U.S. citizenship.

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25 January 2013 at 6:00 am

2012 June 26 – McKenna

Brian McKenna
Tax amnesty offered to Americans in Canada
Globe and Mail (26 June 2012)


The first part of the article retails material from the IRS news release. The reporter’s use of derogatory innuendo — “to come clean” — is highly offensive. A Toronto “professional” who stands to profit guesses that “about 90 per cent of Americans in Canada … will fall into the low risk category” and qualify for participation. According to McKenna, “U.S. officials have struggled internally over whether people who haven’t filed for years deserve any special leniency.” The situation of an unnamed “56-year-old Ottawa woman who has lived in Canada since her family moved here when she was nine” is outlined.

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26 June 2012 at 7:00 am

2011 Nov 11 – Werman

Marco Werman
Why taxes are prompting some Americans in Canada to renounce their US citizenship
The World (11 Nov 2011)


Transcript of a Public Radio International interview with Mark Wittgen, a thirty-year resident of Canada who is in the process of renouncing his U.S. citizenship.

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11 November 2011 at 6:00 am

2011 Nov 9 – McKenna

Barrie McKenna
Americans in Canada driven to divorce from their country
Globe and Mail (9 Nov 2011)


Twenty-two Americans attended “what is believed to be the first citizenship renunciation meeting ever held in Canada” at the US consulate in Toronto on October 20. A US official said: “We simply decided it was more efficient to have everybody come as a group and talk to everyone at once, rather than doing it individually. It was simply a time-management decision.” One person attending the meeting reported that officials explicitly avoided discussion of the “800-pound gorilla in the room” — the issue of newly aggressive US pursuit of its nonresident citizens. Mark Wittgen 51 from Indiana of Whitby ON, who emigrated in the early 1980s and acquired Canadian citizenship in 2003, described the experience as a ‘divorce’. “In Canada … there are {{have been?}} typically fewer than 100 renunciations a year.”

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9 November 2011 at 6:00 am

2011 Sept 21 – Roseman

Ellen Roseman
United States clamps down on citizens living in Canada
Toronto Star (21 Sept 2011) B2

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The story opens with the case of Anita, a dual citizen who moved to Canada in the 1960s and has never filed a U.S. tax return. A cross-border tax expert says, “There’s a lot of hearsay, rumour and lack of facts out there.” Required FBAR reporting is “an even bigger issue” due to large penalties for failure to comply. The article closes with a look at the issue of renouncing citizenship.

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21 September 2011 at 6:00 am

2011 Sept 20 – Wente

Margaret Wente
Help! I’m on the IRS hit list
Globe and Mail (20 Sept 2011)


Columnist Wente and friends are “outraged [at] confiscatory and extraterritorial” US tax policy. Wente moved to Canada at age 13 and has held citizenship since 1979. Her brother renounced US citizenship at 17 after receiving a draft notice. Wente’s friend and his wife have been told their liability would be $250,000.

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20 September 2011 at 6:00 am

2011 Sept 8 – Luciw

Roma Luciw
U.S. tax-evasion amnesty deadline extended
Globe and Mail [Update] (8 Sept 2011)


The IRS has extended its OVDI deadline from Aug 31 to Sept 9. Toronto accountant Wayne Bewick cites the example of “one client with a net worth of $2-million who left the U.S. when he was 11 years old and has never filed a U.S. tax return. This client has decided to apply for the amnesty program and pay a huge fine [$125,000], even though he has not lived there in over 40 years.”

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8 September 2011 at 6:00 am

2011 Aug 25 – Americans

Americans in Canada may be unknowing tax evaders
CBC News (25 Aug 2011)


Windsor professor Christina Simmons has lived in Canada for 25 years and is now trying to become compliant with US tax requirements.

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25 August 2011 at 6:00 am