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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

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

Stephen Kohn and Richard Angino argue Wiest case before Third Circuit

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Tax Whistleblowers
On October 5, 2012, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals conducted oral arguments in Wiest v. Lynch, a case that tests the scope of protection for whistleblowers under the 2002 Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX). Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, attorney Richard Angino argued the case for Jeffrey Wiest.  He generously shared his time with attorney Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the… Continue Reading

IRS whistleblower program offers a bright future for whistleblowers

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
Attorney Dean Zerbe (pictured) published an article in Forbes magazine explaining how recent events in the IRS whistleblower program give reasons for whistleblowers to see an even brighter future. Since 2006, federal law has had a reward system for those who blow the whistle on tax fraud. The program can award a successful whistleblower up to 30% of the IRS… Continue Reading

Brad Birkenfeld receives $104 million IRS whistleblower award

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
The National Whistleblowers Center announced this morning that UBS banking whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld received a tax whistleblower award of $104 million.  The IRS made the award for Birkenfeld’s contributions in providing the U.S. Government with insider information on UBS’ illegal offshore banking scheme. This is believed to be the largest reward ever given to an individual whistleblower in the United… Continue Reading

Birkenfeld Press Conference

Posted in Events, Tax Whistleblowers
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NWC announces press conference tomorrow on IRS decision in Birkenfeld case

Posted in Events, International, Tax Whistleblowers
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a decision in the whistleblower case of former UBS banker Bradley C. Birkenfeld. Mr. Birkenfeld’s brother, Douglas Birkenfeld, and his attorneys, Stephen M. Kohn and Dean A. Zerbe, will make statements at a National Whistleblowers Center press conference tomorrow, September 11, 2012, at 10:00am ET. The press conference will be held in the… Continue Reading

Tax Court calls for an answer from IRS whistleblower case

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
The United States Tax Court issued an order Tuesday that requires the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to respond by September 24, 2012, to an amicus brief filed by the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC). We reported here on July 11, 2012, about the NWC "friend of the court" brief in Insinga v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Docket No. 4609-12W. The main… 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 plans to retool its whistleblower program

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
On Wednesday, the IRS announced a plan for a comprehensive review of its whistleblower program, working with both “internal and external shareholders” to produce a program that can evaluate whistleblower claims and make quicker payouts to whistleblowers. As a part of the review, the IRS will set up new timelines, including a mandatory 90 day deadline to review whistleblower claims… 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

IRS resists using whistleblowers

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Whistleblower disclosures have helped the federal government make some of its biggest recoveries from fraudsters. In the Obama administration alone, the government recovered over $21 billion thanks to whistleblowers using the “qui tam” procedure under the False Claims Act (FCA). The government also recovered many additional billions through criminal fines and penalties. Erika Kelton, an attorney in the Washington, DC,… Continue Reading

ARB limits SOX protections outside the US

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Tax Whistleblowers
By a 3-2 vote on a major case, the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) has limited the application of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) whistleblower protection outside the boundaries of the United States. The case is Villanueva v. Core Laboratories, NV, ARB No. 09-108, ALJ No. 2009-SOX-6 (ARB Dec. 22, 2011) (en banc).  The decision is particularly disappointing after… Continue Reading

Major Victory for Whistleblowers in Seventh Circuit Says Retaliation is a RICO Violation

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Tax Whistleblowers, Whistleblower FAQ
In a landmark ruling in favor of corporate whistleblowers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit gave the green light to Michael DeGuelle’s RICO claim of retaliation. The court’s opinion gives life to a provision in the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) that makes it a felony to retaliate against whistleblowers who provide information about corporate fraud to law… 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

Whistleblowers Handbook, Second Edition, is released today

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Environmental Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, FBI Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, News, Publications and Resources, Tax Whistleblowers, Whistleblower FAQ
The NWC is proud to announce the release of the second edition of The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself. This second edition includes a new 20–page checklist on the procedures for obtaining Dodd-Frank Act rewards from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The checklist covers the SEC’s regulations that went into effect on… 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