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NWC Urges Treasury Department to Withdraw Proposed Rule

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
The National Whistleblower Center issued the following Action Alert today: Action Alert: Urge Treasury Department to Withdraw Proposed Rule Urgent Action needed! The Department of Treasury is poised to approve a final rule that will have a devastating impact on the IRS Whistleblower Program. The Treasury Department, along with the IRS office of general counsel, have concocted a rule to … Continue Reading

Tax Whistleblower Regs – NWC Calls For Rewrite on Definition of “Collected Proceeds”

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
The NWC  releases today an extensive commentary that was written by myself and Steve Kohn (with a huge assist from Felipe Bohnet-Gomez) regarding the Treasury Department’s IRS whistleblower reward regs – specifically on the issue of the Treasury’s narrow interpretation of “collected proceeds.” “Collected proceeds”  — two little words — the definition of which could make a big difference in … Continue Reading

Important Win for Tax Whistleblowers in Tax Court

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
By Dean Zerbe, Advisor to NWC and Attorney at Zerbe, Fingeret, Frank & Jadav. Tax Court in a recent decision – “Whistleblower 10949-13W v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue” – TC Memo 2014-106 (June 4, 2014) made an important ruling favorable to tax whistleblowers (disclosure:  I am counsel for the whistleblower on this case and also benefitted mightily from the work … Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Releases Statement on the Prosecution of Credit Suisse

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, International, Tax Whistleblowers
Washington, D.C. May 20, 2014. The National Whistleblower Center Executive Director, Stephen M. Kohn (who also served as one of the attorneys for UBS tax whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld), issued the following statement regarding the U.S. government’s prosecution of Credit Suisse bank: “On May 19, 2014 the Swiss bank Credit Suisse AG pleaded guilty to helping wealthy Americans avoid taxes and … Continue Reading

Senate Investigations Committee To Question DOJ And Swiss Officials On Illegal Offshore Banking

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers, Uncategorized
NWC calls for full and complete investigation into wrongdoing and full protection for whistleblowers Washington, D.C.  February 25, 2014.  The Permanent Subcommittee On Investigations will hold a hearing on “Offshore Tax Evasion” on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 9:30AM, in Room G-50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. More information can be found on the Subcommittee’s website. The hearing will continue the Subcommittee’s examination … Continue Reading

IRS Whistleblowers Received Record Payouts in 2012, But Future Recoveries At Risk

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
The Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Office announced that it paid a record $125.4 million in 2012 to whistleblowers that provided evidence of tax cheating, but new rule changes place future recoveries at risk. More than 80 percent of the total paid out by the IRS in 2012 went to Bradley Birkenfeld, a former employee of UBS AG who received $104 million… Continue Reading

NWC Files Amicus Brief on IRS Whistleblower Program

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
On November 5, 2012, the National Whistleblower Center filed a briefing paper/amicus brief with the Internal Revenue Service addressing key questions of law governing the IRS Whistleblower program. The brief, linked here, addresses the issue of "collected proceeds" under the IRS whistleblower law. The "collected proceeds" issue impacts hundreds if not thousands of cases in which the IRS must determine … Continue Reading

Stephen Kohn and Richard Angino argue Wiest case before Third Circuit

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Tax Whistleblowers
On October 5, 2012, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals conducted oral arguments in Wiest v. Lynch, a case that tests the scope of protection for whistleblowers under the 2002 Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX). Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, attorney Richard Angino argued the case for Jeffrey Wiest.  He generously shared his time with attorney Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the … Continue Reading

IRS whistleblower program offers a bright future for whistleblowers

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
Attorney Dean Zerbe (pictured) published an article in Forbes magazine explaining how recent events in the IRS whistleblower program give reasons for whistleblowers to see an even brighter future. Since 2006, federal law has had a reward system for those who blow the whistle on tax fraud. The program can award a successful whistleblower up to 30% of the IRS … Continue Reading

Brad Birkenfeld receives $104 million IRS whistleblower award

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
The National Whistleblowers Center announced this morning that UBS banking whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld received a tax whistleblower award of $104 million.  The IRS made the award for Birkenfeld’s contributions in providing the U.S. Government with insider information on UBS’ illegal offshore banking scheme. This is believed to be the largest reward ever given to an individual whistleblower in the United … Continue Reading

Birkenfeld Press Conference

Posted in Events, Tax Whistleblowers
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NWC announces press conference tomorrow on IRS decision in Birkenfeld case

Posted in Events, International, Tax Whistleblowers
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a decision in the whistleblower case of former UBS banker Bradley C. Birkenfeld. Mr. Birkenfeld’s brother, Douglas Birkenfeld, and his attorneys, Stephen M. Kohn and Dean A. Zerbe, will make statements at a National Whistleblowers Center press conference tomorrow, September 11, 2012, at 10:00am ET. The press conference will be held in the … Continue Reading

Tax Court calls for an answer from IRS whistleblower case

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
The United States Tax Court issued an order Tuesday that requires the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to respond by September 24, 2012, to an amicus brief filed by the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC). We reported here on July 11, 2012, about the NWC "friend of the court" brief in Insinga v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Docket No. 4609-12W. The main … Continue Reading