Letter to Canadian Tax Law Professor

Sent to NBrooks@osgoode.yorku.ca


Neil Brooks
Osgoode Hall Law School
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3

Dear Neil:

In the United States, it is a federal crime to discriminate against an individual based on their national origin. US law writes:

Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on a person’s national origin, race, color, religion, disability, sex, and familial status. Laws prohibiting national origin discrimination make it illegal to discriminate because of a person’s birthplace, ancestry, culture or language. This means people cannot be denied equal opportunity because they or their family are from another country, because they have a name or accent associated with a national origin group, because they participate in certain customs associated with a national origin group, or because they are married to or associate with people of a certain national origin. http://www.justice.gov/crt/legalinfo/natorigin.php

FATCA seeks for individuals to be discriminated against based on their national origin. In your book, Billionaires’ Ball, by defending FATCA you are advocating for US federal crimes to be forced upon innocent Canadian citizens who are identified as having a US national origin. Is it normal in Canada for tax law professors to advocate for their innocent fellow citizens to be criminalized with US federal law violations?

Where I live, the financial institutions where I pay my bills and save for retirement are refusing to accept US persons as new clients due to FATCA. Yet, I’m not wealthy, I don’t bank offshore (except for in the US), I don’t owe the US government any taxes and I am tax compliant. So, why do you feel that crime must be practiced against me simply because I violated no laws and did nothing wrong?

It is possible that you had no idea that FATCA is criminal and is harming innocent civilians. Yet, I hope that you will reconsider your position and focus on opposing crime instead of defending its practice.




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