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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

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
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

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

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

NWC Files Amicus Brief in Major Tax Whistleblower Case

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
The National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) has filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in a precedent-setting whistleblower tax case pending before the U.S. Tax Court. The case, Insinga v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, alleged that the IRS delay in ruling on whistleblower reward cases was tantamount to a denial of claims. The NWC is asking the Court to… Continue Reading

IRS Tax Court Upholds Whistleblower Anonymity

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
The IRS tax court issued a very important decision yesterday in Whistleblower 14106-10W vs. Commissioner of Internal Revenue regarding confidential and anonymous whistleblower claims through the IRS. The court’s first-ever decision on this matter upholds whistleblowers’ right to file anonymous claims—a major victory for whistleblowers and their advocates. Dean Zerbe, Special Counsel at the National Whistleblowers Center, issued the following… Continue Reading

Is the IRS Systemically Averse to Whistleblowers?

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Since the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) instituted a new whistleblower program in 2006, only one award has been made to a whistleblower, according to Mike Hudson from iWatch News. In yesterday’s article, “Red tape, old guard slow whistleblowing on corporate tax cheats,” Hudson explains why the IRS has been so disinclined to give monetary awards to whistleblowers. The primary reason, it seems,… Continue Reading

April 15 Plea for UBS Whistleblower

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Tax Whistleblowers
Attorneys for Bradley Birkenfeld, the Swiss banker who exposed the massive ($20 billion) tax evasion scandal at UBS, Stephen M. Kohn and Dean Zerbe wrote an op-ed piece entitled "April 15 Plea: Pardon Tax Whistleblower" published on Forbes.com. Mr. Kohn and Mr. Zerbe criticize the Department of Justice decision to prosecute Mr. Birkenfeld and list the negative consequences of putting the whistleblower in jail, including...… Continue Reading