IRS Whistleblower Awards – 5 Keys to Success

In working with the IRS on a number of whistleblower submissions, and talking and listening to senior IRS officials, it is clear that there are 5 keys to having the IRS give a hard consideration to your claim: Current The  →

GOP Should Be Leader In Fight Against Fraud

If the months since President Obama's reelection have proved anything, it is simply that there is no shortage of opinions about the preferred direction of the Republican Party One particularly insightful thought though came from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal immediately  →

IRS Sets Timelines for Action on Whistleblower Claims

by Jeremiah Coder The IRS is adopting temporary timelines for acting on whistleblower submissions while it conducts a review of the whistleblower program, according to a memorandum sent to all the agency’s operating divisions on June 20. In the memo,  →

United States Tax Court

Docket No. 4609-12W. JOSEPH A. INSINGA, Petitioner, v. COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE, Respondent ORD E R Now before the Court are two motions for leave to file friend-of-the-court briefs. Petitioner has consented to both motions, and respondent has objected. Upon consideration,  →

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  →