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Four-Year Campaign Results In Historic-Win For Tax Whistleblowers

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
Whistleblower Program Fiscal Year 2015 Report to CongressThe  following is an editorial from the National Whistleblower Center: On August 3, 2016 the U.S. Tax Court ruled that tax whistleblowers were entitled to a reward based on monies collected in criminal fines and penalties. This landmark decision reversed the position of the Department of Treasury that severely limited the “collected proceeds” upon which a whistleblower reward could be based.… Continue Reading

Obama Administration Proposes Oversight Reform in Response to Panama Papers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, International, News, Tax Whistleblowers
Official White House Photo by Pete SouzaIn response to the Panama Papers — the more than ten million leaked documents from the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, that exposed illicit financial activity and tax evasion through the use of anonymous offshore shell companies — the White House announced on May 6th that it would end the use of anonymous corporations in the United States and require… Continue Reading

13.769 Billion Reasons to Thank Whistleblowers on Tax Day

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
tax-deadline-imageApril 18, 2016. Today is “Tax Day,” when millions of Americans honestly pay their fair share of taxes. Today is also a day we all owe thanks to the whistleblowers who forced over 54,000 American tax cheats who held illegal accounts in Switzerland to plead guilty to their crimes and pay their back taxes and penalties. These prosecutions, both civil… Continue Reading

Tax Court Decision: Congress Needs to Act to Ensure No Holiday for Big Time Tax Cheats

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Big Win for Whistleblowers in Fourth CircuitWashington, D.C. March 15, 2016. The Tax Court in Whistleblower 22716-13W v. CIR(146 TC 6) decided March 14, 2016 held that the term “additional amounts” as used in 7623(b)(5)(B) does not include FBAR civil penalties.  FBAR civil penalties are a penalty commonly imposed by the IRS on individuals with illegal offshore accounts.… Continue Reading

Sounding the Alarm: U.S. Whistleblower’s Involvement in French UBS Investigation

Posted in International, News, Tax Whistleblowers
U.S. Whistleblower’s Involvement in French UBS InvestigationThis past Saturday, February 20, 2016, Le Parisien/Aujourd’hui en France revealed the contents of an internal UBS memo that discussed “navigating below the radar screen” to grow its business by enticing French clients to hide their money in Swiss bank accounts. The memo indicates that “UBS was perfectly aware of the risk” of its illegal practices.… Continue Reading

IRS Whistleblower Program Continues Improvements

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Whistleblower Program Fiscal Year 2015 Report to CongressThis was a banner year for the Internal Revenue Services’ Whistleblower Program. In its annual report to Congress, released February 10, 2016, the IRS said it paid 99 awards totaling more than $103 million. Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, stated, “the program is staring to work.” According to Kohn, the IRS Program, at its 10-year… Continue Reading

IRS Awards Whistleblowers over $315 Million

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Tax Whistleblower Receives $11.6 Million Dollar AwardWashington, D.C. November 30, 2015. A Government Accountability Office Report issued today confirmed that the IRS Whistleblower Office has made 500 awards to whistleblowers amounting to over $315 million in claims paid since 2011. A copy of the GAO Report is linked here. According to the report, the IRS currently has 30,152 open claims, which, if investigated, could result in… Continue Reading

Press Statement – Tax Whistleblower Receives $11.6 Million Dollar Award

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Tax Whistleblower Receives $11.6 Million Dollar AwardAttorneys Stephen Kohn and Dean Zerbe are pleased to announce today that a joint client – who wishes to remain anonymous – received a whistleblower award under the new IRS whistleblower award program of $11.6 million dollars. “We greatly appreciate the IRS recognizing the work of this whistleblower and for making this significant, major award. We commend the IRS for… Continue Reading

IRS Whistleblower Program Releases 2014 Report to Congress

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Whistleblower Program Fiscal Year 2015 Report to CongressOn July 6, 2015 the Internal Revenue Service’s Whistleblower Office released its Report to Congress for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. According to the report, in 2014 the Whistleblower Office received more claim submissions than in any other year. The total claims received in 2014 were 14,365, an increase of 3,845 compared to FY 2013. The IRS paid 101 awards… Continue Reading

Tax Court Delivers Victory For Tax Whistleblowers

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Tax Court Delivers Victory For Tax WhistleblowersIn a significant pro-whistleblower decision yesterday, the Tax Court in a decision 144 TC 15 (Whistleblower 21276-13W v. IRS) made it clear that the IRS couldn’t deny a whistleblower an award because they filed a request for an award after the IRS had collected the fines and penalties from the targeted business.  The whistleblowers’ extensive cooperation with IRS and law enforcement agents… Continue Reading

UBS Whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld Speaks

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Bradley BirkenfeldBradley Birkenfeld, former UBS banker turned whistleblower tells his story in an article released today by CNBC’s Eamon Javers. Why did the US pay this former Swiss banker $104M? is accompanied by several short videos of the the interview Javers conducted with Birkenfeld. Mr. Birkenfeld is the world’s largest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Fraud Whistleblower. He was rewarded for disclosing illegal… Continue Reading

Swiss Banking Whistleblowers to Appear at Offshore Banking Conference

Posted in International, News, Tax Whistleblowers
swissbanking2The Wall Street Journal reports that Swiss bank whistleblowers Bradley Birkenfeld and Hervé Falciani are schedule to take part in a panel discussion at the OffshoreAlert Conference in Miami Beach May 3-5. The panel entitled “Inside the UBS & HSBC Leaks,” will take participants  “inside the UBS and HSBC leaks and discuss issues material to whistleblowing, including the treatment of… Continue Reading

In Korea: Whistleblowers Help Collect Taxes

Posted in International, Tax Whistleblowers
taxcollectedThe National Tax Service of South Korea announced on March 9 that cases of tax evasion reported by whistleblowers increased 3.6 percent last year and resulted in 1.53 trillion won to be collected. Since early 2013, the government has been ramping up its war against tax evaders, which was a campaign promise by President Park Geun-hye. Cracking down on the… Continue Reading

UBS Whistleblower to Assist French Investigation of Swiss Bank

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Birkenfeld3UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld who assisted the U.S. in its successful prosecution of Swiss bank UBS AG for aiding U.S. citizens to commit tax evasion, has been asked to assist France with a similar investigation. Mr. Birkenfeld will travel to Paris to comply with a French subpoena requiring him to testify against UBS AG. French authorities have demanded that Birkenfeld… Continue Reading

NWC Issues Statement On Canada’s Offshore Tax Informant Program

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Tax Whistleblowers
Canadian-Maple-Leaf-FlagWashington, D.C. January 21, 2015. The National Whistleblower Center issued a statement today highly critical of the Canadian Offshore Tax Informant Program. “Unfortunately it is likely to fail,” stated Stephen M. Kohn, the executive director of the National Whistleblower Center. National Whistleblower Center’s Statement on Canada’s Offshore Tax Informant Program: … Continue Reading

NYT: Tattletales Embraced as Whistle-Blower Programs Gain Support

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Tax Whistleblowers
Yesterday The New York Times ran a nice article on the growing support for whistleblower programs as a means to ensure corporate accountability.  Below is an excerpt and a link: “The embrace of whistle-blowers is not limited to false claims. The I.R.S. has ramped up its program on tax cheats, and awarded one of the biggest whistle-blower payouts of $104… Continue Reading

Tax Whistleblowers Alert: Protecting Tax Whistleblower Rights If You Get a Denial Letter

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The National Whistleblower Center’s (NWC) Senior Policy Advisor – Dean Zerbe and his law firm ZFF&J – were recently in Tax Court as the first lawyers to litigate in a hearing whether a whistleblower meets the three-part test of the IRS whistleblower award program. In brief, the three-part test is: 1) the whistleblower provided information to the government; 2) the… Continue Reading

Senators advise IRS to be more receptive to whistleblowers

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In an editorial published yesterday in Politico Magazine, Senators Ron Wyden and Chuck Grassley criticize the IRS whistleblower program. The editorial, “Will the IRS Ever Listen?” states that the backlog on cases is too long and that the IRS needs to better manage its relationships with whistleblowers.  They point out that 799 whistleblower claims made prior to 2007 remain open.… Continue Reading