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Senators advise IRS to be more receptive to whistleblowers

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
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

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
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

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

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

2012′s 10 Big Moments for Chief Compliance Officers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
As companies head into 2013 facing yet another year of increasing and complex compliance and ethics challenges, here's a threshold question for the Board of Directors: Does your chief compliance officer have the empowerment, independence, seat at the table, line of sight, and resources to do the job? Following is a "boardworthy" sample of big developments from 2012 that should give some boards and C-suites (and you know who you are) pause… 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

IG report says IRS Whistleblower Office falls short and resists audit

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report that criticizes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for dragging its feet in processing whistleblower claims. The report follows up on TIGTA’s 2009 report and found, "deficiencies in the IRS’s internal controls and timely resolution of whistleblower claims." Now, three years later, the IRS still has "not fully and adequately" … Continue Reading

This Week on Honesty Without Fear

Posted in Honesty Without Fear Radio
Tune in tomorrow at 1:00pm EDT to Honesty Without Fear on Progressive Radio Network. In the first half hour, Richard Renner interviews whistleblower Michael DeGuelle about his landmark case against S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Deguelle was fired after he blew the whistle on the company’s multi-million dollar tax fraud scheme. DeGuelle filed a RICO lawsuit claiming that his discharge … 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

GAO Releases Report on IRS Whistleblower Program

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its report on the current effectiveness of the IRS whistleblower program. Since 2007, over 1,300 whistleblowers have filed claims with the IRS Whistleblower Office alleging tax fraud (in excess of $2 million) against 9,540 "taxpayers." The IRS is still investigating 8,254 (86.5%) "taxpayers" for tax fraud. The GAO report’s recommendations focus on improving … 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

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

While The Whistleblower Sits in Prison, More People May Walk Away

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Basically, this means that 14,700 people walked away without prosecution under the IRS amnesty program, the head of entire illegal UBS program Martin Liechti was allowed to return to Switzerland without prosecution, the 4,450 tax cheats are likely to escape prosecution, and Bradley Birkenfeld (the person responsible for blowing the whistle and ending the illegal UBS program) is still the only banker sitting in prison… Continue Reading