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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

Grassley Calls for Improvements to IRS Whistleblower Office

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Yesterday, Senator Grassley (R-IA) released a letter sent to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Douglas Shulman concerning the progress of the IRS Whistleblower Office. Senator Grassley thanked the IRS for “making good faith efforts to embrace whistleblowers instead of reverting to the old culture of treating them like skunks at a picnic,” but said he remains concerned that the long … Continue Reading

IRS Guidelines Discourage Whistleblowers

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Today, Tax Analysts published an article about how Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines can result in whistleblower awards being unfairly reduced. The Government Accountability Project, No FEAR Coalition and National Whistleblowers Center sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Shulman on August 10, 2011 requesting that the IRS immediately revise their Internal Revenue Manual’s factors for determining whether a whistleblower should … Continue Reading

IRS Commission: UBS program brought in “billions”

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Speaking on the Diane Rehm Show today, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said that the agency’s amnesty program for US citizens who hid their assets in off-shore accounts brought in "billions" of dollars. That program, of course, was prompted by the disclosures of former UBS employee Bradley Birkenfeld. Over 15,000 taxpayers came forward because they faced criminal prosecution once UBS was … Continue Reading