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IRS Whistleblower Program Releases 2014 Report to Congress

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
Whistleblower Program Fiscal Year 2014 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

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
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

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
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

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
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

IRS Whistleblower Office News

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IRS Commissioner John Koskinen issued an August 2014 policy statement expressing his strong support for the work the IRS Whistleblower Office.  We hope that the IRS will act in conformance with this policy statement and aggressively support whistleblowers. The full text of this policy statement is linked here. On August 20, 2014,  the IRS Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, John Dalrymple, released a memo in which he shared… Continue Reading

NWC Urges Treasury Department to Withdraw Proposed Rule

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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”

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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

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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