Taxes

Our significant background in the tax laws – including our partner Mr. Dean Zerbe who served as senior counsel and tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee where he was responsible for the creation of the IRS whistleblower law at  →

New rules by IRS to Benefit Whistleblowers

“Whistleblowers and their advocates have long complained that they are unappreciated – or downright resented – at the Internal Revenue Service, but the agency on Friday gave them a pleasant surprise. Months after narrowing the circumstances under which whistleblowers could  →

Reuters/ABCNews – Prosecution of UBS Informant Seen Backfiring on U.S.

“The key informant in the U.S. tax evasion case against Swiss bank UBS AG faces prison next year, but his harsher-than-expected treatment by the U.S. Justice Department will undermine efforts to expose secretive offshore tax havens, lawyers and whistle-blower advocates  →

UBS Whistleblower Gets Out of Jail

“Bradley Birkenfeld, the former Geneva-based UBS AG banker who exposed the powerful bank’s practice of helping wealthy U.S. citizens avoid paying taxes by hiding their assets in secret offshore accounts, phony trusts, and straw companies, was released from federal prison  →

IRS Boosts Whistleblower Reward Program

January 17, 2011 www.fa-mag.com (Bloomberg News) The Internal Revenue Service, reversing an earlier position, proposed rules making it more likely informants will collect a reward when they blow the whistle on tax-dodging employers, neighbors or family members. The agency proposed  →

IRS Signals Willingness to Revise Whistleblower Program

” The Internal Revenue Service may be signaling a willingness to consider changes to its whistleblower program, following complaints that the program is stifling the initiative of informants around a kingpin who may have information about tax evasion. The National  →

IRS Stingy With Whistleblower Payouts, Slow to Follow Up on Tips

“The IRS took more than four years to reward a whistleblower through a new program to encourage tipsters and has drawn criticism from the Government Accountability Office for failing to move faster. A recent GAO study found that the program,  →

Pfizer whistleblower’s ordeal reaps big rewards

“(Reuters) – Taking on corporate giants can feel like tilting at windmills, but John Kopchinski’s six-year legal battle against Pfizer Inc just made him a rich man. The Gulf War veteran and former Pfizer sales representative will earn more than  →